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India Post says keen to become a universal bank

(India Post is interested…)
MUMBAI: India Post is interested in turning itself into a universal bank like many of its peers across the world and a committee under former Cabinet Secretary TSR Subramanian is looking into the matter, a senior department official said today.
"We still want to be a full-fledged bank. The government will decide whether they want to give to us or not," chief postmaster general, Maharashtra circle, Pradipta Kumar Bisoi told reporters here.
"There is a committee under Subramanian which has been formed, they are going to give some recommendations, let's wait for the report to see whether we should go for a full-fledged bank or a payment bank," he said.
However, Bisoi added that the department, which has been accepting deposits for many decades and mobilising savings, already works like a payment bank and wondered what is the difference between the work they have already been doing and a payment bank.
"We are already doing (the work like) a payment bank, and I don't know what is the difference between what we are doing now and what is a payment bank," he stressed.
The comments come amidst increasing speculation about the department being considered for a licence under the soon-to-be introduced 'payments banks' category, rather than as a full- fledged or universal bank with a complete bouquet of offerings.
RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan today said the RBI will invite applications for payment and small banks by the end of the month.
It can be noted that at the time of granting full-fledged licences to infra lender IDFC and micro-lender Bandhan in April after a 12-year hiatus, the RBI had left it to the government to decide on the aspirations of the postal department, which was also one of the over two dozen applicants.
Bisoi said the Subramanian committee, which also has former Infosys board member TV Mohandas Pai as a member, got formed three months back and will be submitting its report by the end of this month.
According to the draft RBI guidelines, the payment banks will only accept deposits and offer payment services, but will not indulge in lending activities. Applicants will require a capital of Rs 50 crore.
Bisoi said the postal department already has a deposit base of over Rs 6 lakh crore and is expected to have 25,000 offices under the core banking solution (CBS) by the end of the next year.
In support of its claim for becoming a full-fledged bank, the postal department has termed its vast network of over 1.55 lakh post offices as the biggest strength, saying it will help deepen the financial inclusion agenda of the government

Old Pension Scheme to the employees in temporary status prior to 01.01.2004 and regularized after 01.01 .2004

New Delhi,dated 14.11.2014
The General Secretary,
3, Chelmsford Road,
New Delhi-110055.
Dear Sir,
Sub: Applicability of Old Pension Scheme to the substitutes who attained temporary status prior to 01.01.2004 and regularized after 01.01 .2004 — clarification regarding.
The undersigned is directed to refer to NFIRS letter No. 11/-16 dated 21.10.2014 on the above subject and to state that necessary instructions have been issued in this regard vide this office letter of even No. dated 29.10.2014 (copy enclosed).
Yours faithfully,
for Secretary /Railway Board.
New Delhi, Dated: 29.10.2014.
The GMs/FA & CAOs,
All Indian Railways/Production Units.
(As per mailing list)
Subject: Applicability of Old Pension Scheme to Substitutes who attained temporary status prior to 01.01.2004 but regularized after 01 .01 .2004 – clarification regarding.
The issue of coverage of substitutes who had attained temporary status prior to 01.01.2004 but regularized after 01.01.2004 under Old Pension Scheme, has been raised by both the recognized Federations (AIRF & NFIR) under PNM/AIRF item No.05/2012 and PNM/NFIR item No.15/2011 respectively. The issue has also been raised under DC/JCM (Railways) item No.20/2012.
2. The Issue has been examined by Board and it has now been decided that substitutes who got temporary status prior to 01.01 .2004 but regularized/absorbed after 01.01.2004 and after regularization, if the date of appointment is prior to 01.01.2004, in terms of provision of Boards letter No.E(NG)Il/90/SB/Master Circular dated 29.01.1991(M.C. No.20/91) and para 6 of letter
No.E(NG)Il/2008/SB/SR/15 dated 17.09.2010, then they may be covered under Old Pension Scheme,
3. Further, the employee and employer contribution of the NPS corpus of the Substitutes, mentioned in para 2 above, who so far have been covered under the National Pension System (NPS) may be adjusted in terms of the Instructions contained in Board’s letter No.2010/AC-ll/21/18 dated 31.03.2014(RBA No.5/2014)
4. Please acknowledge receipt.
(Amitabh Joshi)
Deputy Director Finance (Estt.)lII,
Railway Board.


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Grants-in-aid for the year 2014-15 to the Central Government Employees Residents Welfare Associations

No. 7/2/201 3-Welfare
Government of India
Ministry of’ Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)
Lok Nayak Bawan, New Delhi-110003
11th November, 2014
The Secretaries of the Grantee,
Central Government Empbyees
Residents Welfare Associations
(As per list)
Sub.:- Grants-in-aid for the year 2014-15 to the Central Government Employees Residents Welfare Associations- submission of Accounts for the year 2013-14 regarding.
I am directed to say that the Department of Personnel and Training has been sanctioning Grants-in-aid to the eligible recognized Residents Welfare Associations formed by the Central Government Employees in residential colonies to enable them to meet a part of their expenditure on the welfare activities, programmes during the financial year. The recognized Central Government Employees Residents Welfare Associations eligible to receive grants-in-aid may please send a request to this effect to this Department in the prescribed proforma.
2. The recognized Central Government Employees Residents Welfare Associations are requested to send their request keeping in view the following guidelines:
(a) Central Government employees and employees of Lok Sabba. Rajya Sabba, Supreme Court. High Court. UPSC. Statutory and Autonomous bodies. Delhi Administration shall qualify for ‘Regular’ membership of an association in receipt of grant-in-aid from Department of Personnel and Training subject to fulfillment of conditions as laid down in sub para (b) to (h) of para Il (2) of O.M, No. 5/8/2013-Welfare dated 3d June, 2014 (copy enclosed).
(b) Grants-in-aid admissible will be subject lo an upper ceiling of Rs. 10.00W- during a financial year.
(c) Consolidated accounts for the previous financial year may be provided in Annexure ‘A’ signed by the President. Secretary, Treasurer and Internal Auditor,
(d) A complete list of all the members showing their names, residential address. Official designation and address as on 31.03.2014 may be submitted as in Annexure-’B.
(e) All the vouchers relating to every head of expenditure as appearing in Annexure ‘A’, should be maintained by the Association, so as to verify the expenditure as and when needed.
(f) The stock register maintained by the Association as audited and certified by the Internal Auditor after physical verification should be maintained by the Association. The Department of Personnel and Training may verify the stcck register as and when required. Similarly, the inventory of articles should also be maintained. 
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Let us remember 
Jawaharlal Nehru ); 14 November 1889 – 27 May 1964) was the first Prime Minister of India and a central figure in Indian politics for much of the 20th century. He emerged as the paramount leader of the Indian independence movement under the tutelage of Mahatma Gandhi and ruled India from its establishment as an independent nation in 1947 until his death in office in 1964. Nehru is considered to be the architect of the modern Indian nation-state: a sovereign, socialist, secular, and democratic republic.
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Amazon plans it big with India Post network to ramp up its delivery mechanism

(The government has sought…)
NEW DELHI: E-commerce giant Amazon wants to do in India what Alibaba did in China. Amazon's India head Amit Agarwal on Tuesday met telecom and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and urged him to allow the use of new technologies such as real-time tracking and monitoring devices on the India Post network to develop a delivery mechanism based on smart logistics.
The government has sought a detailed proposal from Amazon, to which it will respond, a person familiar with the details of the meeting told ET. Amazon wants to leverage an improved India Post network to ramp up its delivery mechanism to within 24 hours anywhere within the country.
Agarwal was accompanied for the meeting by Monique Meche, Amazon's vicepresident for international public policy. In an emailed response to ET's query, Amazon said that it is "looking for ways to deepen" its relationship with the Indian postal service which started last year. It currently uses the Indian postal services as a delivery channel, but it is looking to deepen this further, in line with what Alibaba did in China.
Alibaba was the first e-commerce company to tie-up with a government postal agency in China. Right before it hit the capital markets with a multi-billion dollar issue, Alibaba tied up with China Post to share warehouses, processing centres and delivery resources, all part of a smart logistics network providing easier and faster delivery services to online sellers. Prasad also discussed prospects for pushing trade and commerce in rural parts of the country in a big way and how e-commerce websites such as Amazon could play a big part in giving a platform to small-time retailers and entrepreneurs in the hinterland through its market place models.

With over 1.6 lakh post offices throughout the country with the lion's share of 1.4 lakh in rural areas, India Post claims to have the largest postal network in the world, according to its website. On an average, a post office serves an area of 21.2 sq km and a population of 7,175 people.
"Speed of the last mile delivery to a customer will be the most decisive factor in an already price competitive e-commerce landscape and Amazon wants to leverage on the well-penetrated postal network," a second executive who did not want to be identified told ET.
Interestingly, Amazon's proposal comes in the wake of the special task force constituted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in October to enhance the role of India Posts in financial inclusion and trade. The committee headed by former cabinet secretary TSR Subramanian will submit its report by the year end. India Post had also tried to get a banking licence but had failed, and is now looking to become a 'payment bank', one which can accept deposits and remittances but cannot lend.
"The government would obviously review any proposals made by Amazon under the light of the recommendations made," the second official said. On a lighter note at the meeting, Prasad referred to Amazon's arch-rival, homegrown e-commerce major Flipkart, and asked Agarwal who would win the e-commerce war between the two majors in India. "The consumer," Agarwal responded.
Surging growth of the e-commerce sector in India has led to a fund-raising spree by companies in the sector. Most recent being Japan's Softbank Corporation's $627-million investment in Snapdeal, which was preceded by $1-billion fund raising by Flipkart. A day after Flipkart concluded its fund raising, Amazon committed investment of $2 billion in India. In the meeting, Agarwal further discussed setting up of a data centre in India for which the company readily agreed to put up a server. Microsoft was the first technology giant this year to announce the setting up of three data centres in the country.
These data centres will enable access to customers in banking and financial services as well as the central and state governments. Many such services are currently legally restrained as they require data to be hosted within the country. Owing to which Amazon put forth the proposal to set up a server within India.
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  • Latest list of CGHS Hospitals & Revised Package Rates effective from 1.10.2014

    Ministry of Health and Family Welfare published the detailed list of new Hospitals, Eye, Dental and Diagnostic Centres under Central Government Health Scheme. The fresh empanelment of private Health Care Orgnizations (HCOs) and revision of package rates applicable under CGHS Delhi and NCR.

    The Directorate of General of Central Government Health Scheme issued an office memorandum, which states the revised rates and terms & conditions will come into effect from 1st October 2014. The new empanelment shall be for a period of two years from 1.10.2014.

    In Delhi 54 Hospitals, 72 Exclusive Eye Centres, 50 Diagnostic Centres, 32 Exclusive Dental Clinics.

    In Faridabad 5 Hospitals, 1 Exclusive Eye Centres, 1 Diagnostic Centres.

    In Gurgaon 9 Hospitals, 5 Exclusive Eye Centres, 3 Diagnostic Centres, 6 Exclusive Dental Clinics.

    In Ghaziabad 9 Hospitals, 2 Exclusive Eye Centres, 3 Exclusive Dental Clinics.

    In Noida 10 Hospitals, 3 Exclusive Eye Centres, 2 Exclusive Dental Clinics.

    Click here to view the complete list of Health Care Organizations (HCOs) Empanelled under CGHS, Delhi & NCR with effect from 1.10.2014 and revised package rates for treatment procedure / investigation list as per office memorandum No.S.11045/36/2012-CGHS (HEC) dated the 1st October 2014.
    New List of CGHS Hospitals comes into effect from October 2014
    CGHS (Central Government Health System is the complete medical treatment facility provided for Central Government Employees, Retired employees, and their dependents. CGHS provides service through following categories of Allopathic, Homeopathic, Ayurveda, Unani, Yoga, Sidha Systems. Instructions on these various matters have been issued from time to time for the guidance of this scheme by the Department of Health and Family Welfare.
    After a long gap, the list of hospitals under CGHS was released recently. According to the order issued by the Health Ministry, the list of hospitals for Delhi and NCR (National Capital region) will come into effect from 01.10.2014 onwards.
    In addition to the hospitals under CGHS, an updated version of package rates of all kind of treatment too has been released. Click here for the complete order issued by the Health Ministry, including the rules and regulations for the treatment.
    The list of CGHS hospitals for the rest of the country, excluding Delhi and the NCR, will soon be released.
    On 27th June 2014, an order has been issued by the office of the Additional Director, CGHS regarding the extension of the period of empanelment of hospitals under CGHS Chennai. Nearly 19 hospitals(Miot, Agarwal, Vasan, Udhi, Parvathy, Med Fort, N.B., metropolis, CSI Kalyani, Sugam, Soundarapandian, Global, Noble, Anderson, Bharat, Frontier, Sridevi, M.N.Eye and Roentgen) including eye and dignostic centres indicated in that order.



Dated – 11.11.2014


Government and Postal board are totally negative and insensitive towards the demands of five lakhs Postal and RMS employees including Gramin Dak Sewaks and Casual, Part-Time Contingent employees.

Inclusion of Gramin Dak Sewaks under 7th Central Pay Commission and grant of civil servant status
Rejected. Government decided to appoint separate committee with the approval of recognised GDS union.
Casual Labour wage revision and regularistaion
Pending for the last six years. Revision of wages due from 01.01.2006. File still pending with Government. Poor employees are starving.
Cadre restructuring of Postal, RMS, MMS, Admin, Postal Accounts employees
Long pending in the Directorate. No improvement.
Merger of DA with Pay
Rejected by Government
Grant of Interim Relief
Rejected by Government
Date of effect of 7th CPC from 01.01.2014
Government not ready to give any direction to 7th CPC.
Scrap New Pension Scheme.
Rejected by Government
Remove 5% ceiling for compassionate appointments
Government not ready to remove the condition.
GDS Medical reimbursement scheme
Pending for last six years
MACP anomalies including promotees case
Rejected inspite of several CAT/Court Judgment
Postmaster Cadre related issues including permission to write IP/PS Group ‘B’ exam and parity with LSG, HSG-II regarding service length for promotion.
Still pending. Attitude of the Department is totally negative.
System Administration case
Rejected. Not ready to consider the demands on its merits.
RTP service regularization
Rejected. Inspite of CAT orders not ready to issue general order
SBCO related issues
Rejected on flimsy grounds.
Postmen related issues
No progress
Parity in cash handling allowance
Counting of Accountants special Allowance for pay fixation on promotion
Computer and Technology related several issues
No progress. Situation worsening day by day. Employees are suffering. Public agitated
Harassment of staff on account of CBS & CIS
Still continuing
Allotment of funds for sanctioning all pending Medical, TA, OTA and RPLI/PLI incentives
No progress. Bills pending for months together
Overtime allowance revision
Pending for 27years
Circle processing centers (CPO) of PLI/RPLI at CO/ROs and stop redeployment of posts
Sunday, Holiday compulsory working
Still continuing in certain circles
Office Building and staff quarters cases
No progress. Situation worsening. Staff are suffering
MNOP related issues
Suggestion of staff side rejected
Quality of uniforms, Chapplas and kit-items
No improvement
Chennai Postal Accounts victimization
Still pending
Stop Postmen/MTS open market outside recruitment
Still pending. No progress
Filling up of all vacant posts including canteen employees
Slow progress
Creation of justified new posts
Total Ban imposed on creation of new posts
Prompt convening of Monthly meeting, Bi-monthly/four monthly meetings, JCM Regional Council meeting, JCM Departmental Council meeting, Formal meeting with Secretary (Posts)
Periodicity is not maintained. In many divisions. Circles no meeting is held for months together
Prompt holding of Departmental promotion committees (CPCs)
No progress

Dear Friends and Comrades,

Meeting of the Postal Joint Council of Action was held on 11.11.2014 at New Delhi. Shri D. Theagarajan, Secretary General, FNPO presided. Com. R. N. Parashar, Secretary General, NFPE presented agenda items for discussion. General Secretaries of affiliated Unions/Associations of NFPE & FNPO attended. Com. M. Krishnan, Ex-Secretary General of NFPE was also present in the meeting. PJCA reviewed the progress in settlement of 39 points charter of demands submitted to Secretary, Department of Posts on 28.08.2014. PJCA came to the unanimous conclusion that not even a single issue is settled by the Government and Department. Employees are suffering but authorities are turning a deaf year towards their genuine demands. Rome is burning but Neros are fiddling.

None of our demand is unjustified. Five lakhs Postal and RMS employees including Gramin Dak Sewaks and Casual, Part-time, contingent employees cannot remain as mute spectators. There is a limit for our patience. Government and Postal Board are treating our patience as our weakness.

Taking into consideration all the above aspects, the PJCA unanimously took the following decision.
1.      Entire five lakhs employees of the Department of Posts will go on indefinite strike from the third week of February 2015, if the demands are not settled before 31.12.2014.
2.      The date of the indefinite strike will be declared in the 4th December 2014 Parliament March.
3.      Every effort should be made by all All India/Circle/Divisional Unions to ensure maximum participation of employees in the Parliament March. Minimum 20000 employees should participate in the March. All should bring flags and banners.
4.      Leaders of INTUC, CITU, AITUC & JCM National Council staff side will be invited to address the Parliament March.
5.      Next PJCA meeting will be held on 03.12.2014 at 5 PM to decide the date of indefinite strike.

Let us march ahead with Determination and courage. This is time to show your sincerity towards the cause of five lakhs employees of the Department of Posts. Let us make the parliament March a Historic success. Let us unite together and make the indefinite strike a Thundering success. Let the Government and Postal Board understand that we are not Dumb-Driven cattle. We are workers and not beggars.

Come in the Thousands to the Parliament March
Let us declare the indefinite strike in the presence of 20000 Postal Employees on 4th December 2014

Yours sincerely,

R. N. Parashar                                                                                     D. Theagarajan
Secretary General, NFPE                                                                     Secretary General, FNPO       

P. Pandurangarao                                                                                P. U. Muraleedharan
General Secretary                                                                               General Secretary

AIPEU-GDS (NFPE)                                                                               NUGDS (FNPO)

1st Floor, North avenue Postal Office Building, New Delhi – 110001
T-24, Atul Grove Road, New Delhi – 110001

No.PJCA/AGTN/2014                                                             Dated – 12.11.2014


Ms. Kaveri Banerjee
Department of Posts
Dak Bhawan, New Delhi – 110001


Sub: -  Reply to Charter of Demands Submitted by Postal Joint Council of Action (PJCA) on 28.08.2014.
Ref: -   Your office letter F. No. 9-10/1997-SP (SR Section) dated 29.10.2014.

Please refer to your office letter cited above wherein Action taken Report on the items included in the Charter of demands submitted by PJCA on 28.08.2014 is furnished. Actually the Charter of Demands submitted by us on 28.08.2014 contains 39 items. Charter of Demands attached to our earlier letter dated 01.08.2014 intimating the decision of PJCA contained only 38 items. But when memorandum is submitted on 28.08.2014 the following item was also added as item no. 39.

Item No. 39 -  Revise Postmen/Mail Guard/MTS Recruitment Rules. Stop open market recruitment. Restore seniority quota promotion.

This item was earlier discussed in the JCM (DC) and it is assured by Secretary (Posts) that the Recruitment Rules will be reviewed after one or two Recruitment/Promotional exam are over, as DOP&T may not approve immediate revision of Recruitment Rules already approved by it. Now more than two Postmen/MG/MTS recruitment/examination is over and hence it is requested to take action to revise the Recruitment Rules and stop open quota recruitment. Entire vacancies may be earmarked for GDS and Casual Labourers as existed in the pre-revised Recruitment Rules.

You are requested to include the above mentioned item also in the charter of demands and “Action Taken Report” may be furnished on the above item also.

Yours faithfully,

R. N. Parashar                                                                         D. Theagarajan
Secretary General, NFPE                                                        Secretary General, FNPO

Copy to: -Shri Arun Malik, Director (SR & Legal), Dak Bhawan, New Delhi – 110001

1st Floor, North Avenue Postal Office Building, New Delhi – 110001
T-24, Atul Grove Road, New Delhi – 110001

No.PJCA/AGTN/2014                                                          Dated – 12.11.2014


Ms. Kaveri Banerjee
Department of Posts
Dak Bhawan, New Delhi – 110001


Sub: - Programme of agitation by Postal Joint Council of Action (PJCA)

Ref: -   (1) Charter of Demands submitted by PJCA on 28.08.2014
            (2)  Your office letter No. f. No. 8-10/1997-SR (SR Section Dated 29.10.2014

Meeting of the Postal Joint Council of Action held on 11.11.2014 reviewed the reply given by the Department to the Charter of demands submitted by PJCA on 28.08.2014 and also the progress made in settling the demands.

The PJCA meeting came to the unanimous conclusion that not even a single demand is settled and no positive approach in settling the demands is reflected in the action taken report. The PJCA is totally disappointed to read the reply. Discontentment among employees are growing day by day. Further it is noted that as many as 58 items submitted for discussion in the JCM (Departmental Council) was disallowed even without giving an opportunity to the staff side to explain the position on each case.

In view of the above position the Postal Joint Council of action unanimously decided to further intensify the agitationl programmes. Accordingly the following decisions are taken.

1.      Entire five lakhs employees of the Department of Posts shall go on indefinite strike commencing from the third week of February 2015.

2.      Date of commencement of the indefinite strike will be declared in a massive Parliament March to be held on 4th December 2014. 20000 Postal and RMS employees including Gramin Dak Sewaks and Casual, Part-Time, Contingent employees will participate in the Parliament March, which will be addressed by the leaders of PJCA and leaders of Central Trade Unions and JCM National Council Staff side.

This is for your information and necessary action.

Yours faithfully,

R. N. Parashar                                                                                     D. Theagarajan
Secretary General                                                                               Secretary General
NFPE                                                                                                    FNPO


Central Govt employee opts for a surrogate child – What says CCS (Leave) Rules..?
Can Central Govt Female Employees Opting for Surrogate Pregnancy Claim Maternity Leave?
Parenthood is a gift of god. Thanks to the development in medical sciences, childless couples can now opt for surrogate pregnancies. If women employees of Central Government organizations opt for surrogate pregnancies, can they claim maternity leave?
Women employees of Central Government establishments are given Maternity leave for a period of 180 days and male employees are given Paternity Leave for a period of 15 days if they choose to adopt babies. At present, there is no leave entitlements for parents of the surrogate child.
Let’s see what the Indian medical Research Council has to say about couples who choose to have babies through surrogate mothers.
Surrogacy: General Considerations
A child born through surrogacy must be adopted by the genetic (biological) parents unless they can establish through genetic (DNA) fingerprinting (of which the records will be maintained in the clinic) that the child is theirs.Guidelines for ART Clinics in India ICMR/NAMS
Surrogacy by assisted conception should normally be considered only for patients for whom it would be physically or medically impossible/undesirable to carry a baby to term.
Payments to surrogate mothers should cover all genuine expenses associated with the pregnancy. Documentary evidence of the financial arrangement for surrogacy must be available. The ART centre should not be involved in this monetary aspect.
Advertisements regarding surrogacy should not be made by the ART clinic. The responsibility of finding a surrogate mother, through advertisement or otherwise, should rest with the couple, or a semen bank.
A surrogate mother should not be over 45 years of age. Before accepting a woman as a possible surrogate for a particular couple’s child, the ART clinic must ensure (and put on record) that the woman satisfies all the testable criteria to go through a successful full-term pregnancy.
A relative, a known person, as well as a person unknown to the couple may act as a surrogate mother for the couple. In the case of a relative acting as a surrogate, the relative should belong to the same generation as the women desiring the surrogate.
A prospective surrogate mother must be tested for HIV and shown to be seronegative for this virus just before embryo transfer. She must also provide a written certificate that (a) she has not had a drug intravenously administered into her through a shared syringe, (b) she has not undergone blood transfusion; and (c) she and her husband (to the best of her/his
knowledge) has had no extramarital relationship in the last six months.
(This is to ensure that the person would not come up with symptoms of HIV infection during the period of surrogacy.) The prospective surrogate mother must also declare that she will not use drugs intravenously, and not undergo blood transfusion excepting of blood obtained through a certified blood bank.
No woman may act as a surrogate more then thrice in her lifetime.

7th Pay Commission, headed by its Chairman, Justice Shri A. K. Mathur, proposes to visit Hyderabad from 18th to 20th November, 2014.

The Commission, headed by its Chairman, Justice Shri A. K. Mathur, proposes to visit Hyderabad from 18th to 20th November, 2014. The Commission would like to invite various entities/associations/federations representing any/all categories of employees covered by the terms of reference of the Commission to present their views.
Your request for a meeting with the Commission may be sent through e-mail to the Secretary, 7th Central Pay Commission at secy-7cpc@nic.in. The memorandum already submitted by the requesting entity may also be sent as an attachment with this e-mail.
The last date for receiving request for meeting is 17th Nov. 2014 (1700 hours).

Report of the Committee to evolve model format for RTI replies


Government of India

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

Department of Personnel & Training

(IR Section)

New Delhi, the 11th November 2014

Subject: Report of the Committee to evolve model format for RTI replies

    This Department has constituted a committee to evolve model format for RTI replies, comprising representatives of Department of Personnel & Training, Ministry of Home Affairs and Central Information Commission, The report submitted by the committee is attached for information, before Issue of guidelines in this regard.
(Kulbhushan Malhotra)
Under Secretary to the Govt of India

Report of the Committee to evolve, model format for RTI replies

     The Committee constituted vide DoPT O.M. No. 10/1/2013-IR dated 16th October, 2014 to evolve a model format for giving information under the RTI Act, held its meeting on 29th October, 2014 at 11:30 am. After examining in detail the provisions of the RTI Act and the existing practice generally followed by the CPIOs in replying to RTI applications, the Committee has made the following observations:

I. There is neither any provision in the RTI Act or RTI Rules for a model/standard format of RTI application nor any provision for a Model standard format for reply to the RTI applications.
Il. Presently, neither any standard practice nor any standard format is being used by the CPIOs in reply to the RTI applications.
In view of the above observations, the Committee has made the following recommendations:
a) There should not be a model/standard format for reply to the RTI application, as there is no such provision in the RTI Act or the RTI rules.
b) Moreover, keeping in view that there is no standard format for RTI applications, there could not be a standard format for their reply.
c) However, the following points can be uniformity adopted by the CPlOs while replying to the RTI applications:
i. The name, designation, official telephone no. and email I.D. of the CPIOs should be clearly mentioned.
ii. In case the information requested for is denied, reasons for denial quoting the relevant sections of the RTI Act should be dearly mentioned.
iii. In case the information pertains to other public authority and the application is transferred under section 6(3) of the RTI Act, details of the public authority to whom the application is transferred should be given.
iv. In the concluding para of the reply, there should be dearly mentioned that the First Appeal, if any, against the reply of the CPIO may be made to the First Appellate Authority within 30 days of receipt of reply of CPIO.
v. The name, designation, address, official telephone no. and e-mail l.D. of the First Appellate Authority should also be clearly mentioned.
vi. Wherever the applicant has requested for certified copies of the documents or records, the CPIO should certify the documents or records by putting a seal of his name, designation and signing with date. Above the seal, the remarks that documents/records provided under the RTI Act should be endorsed.