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7th Pay Commission Latest News – CG Employees Have to Wait a Little Longer – Cabinet Secretary assured that fair consideration will be given to all points brought out by JCM before taking a final view.

7th Pay Commission Latest News – CG employees have to wait a little longer for the 7th pay Commission bonanza announced in November last year, as the Empowered Committee of Secretaries (E-CoS) headed byCabinet Secretary PK Sinha wants to address various concerns raised by the Joint Consultative Machinery (JCM) before taking a final call on the recommendations of the commission. The empowered committee with 12 secretaries on board was set up on January 27 to process the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission.
In a recent meeting attended by Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi, Defence Secretary G Mohan Kumar withCabinet Secretary and others, JCM representatives raised the concerns over pay commission recommendations on minimum pay and allowances saying it will cause difficulty to the employees.
It is learnt that the Cabinet Secretary also asked the E-CoS members to hold interactions with their staff associations and other stakeholders to expedite the process.
“Cabinet Secretary assured that fair consideration will be given to all points brought out by JCM before taking a final view. He also said that E-CoS needs to examine the report of the commission in entirety as well as the issues raised by JCM in consultation with all other stakeholders. It may take some time to take some time to take a final call on the recommendations of the commission,” a government note said.
The empowered committee was told by staff representatives that the minimum pay of Rs.18,000 pm recommended by the pay commission was on the lower side and needed to be revised upward by taking into account inflation and appropriately considering social obligations and housing of the staff.
A major concern has been raised with Cabinet Secretary on the NPS saying that it should be done away with. The staff associations have argued that employees governed by the NPS are deprived of family pension and do not have the provision of PF.
Source: Indian Express

10 Interesting Facts About India Post

India has the largest postal network in the world with 1,54,939 post offices as on March 31, 2015, of which 1,39,222 (89.86%) are in the rural areas. At the time of independence there were 23,344 post offices.

Following are some interesting revelations from India Post’s annual report 2015-16.

  1. The government has decided to digitise 1.5 lakh post offices across the country, which includes 1.3 lakh post offices in rural areas.
  2. One can buy exclusive collection of postal stamps offered by India Post on e-commerce websites like Snapdeal and Shopclues. Philatelic products are also available at e-post office – an e-commerce portal of India Post. Through its e-commerce portal, India Post also provides select postal facilities using the web. The department has generated revenue of Rs 24.31 lakh between April 2015 and December 2015 by selling postal stamps. 
  3. India is one of the earliest active members of the Universal Postal Union (UPU), a specialised agency of the United Nations, having its headquarters at Berne, Switzerland. 
  4. There are more than 33.03 crore account holders of the savings scheme of the department.
  5. The outstanding balance under all the savings schemes and saving certificates in Post Offices are over Rs 6,19,317.44 crore.
  6. Money transfer service of India Post enables instant international money remittance to customers in India sent from 195 countries on real time basis. This service is operational in association with Western Union from 9,942 post office locations and MoneyGram through 6,070 post office locations.
  7. To ensure safe and timely delivery of goods, the department has signed an agreement for supply and installation of GPS devices in 990 mail vans. GPS devices have already been installed in 926 mail vans.
  8. India Post ATMs have been installed in more than 500 locations across the country.
  9. The department has earned revenue of Rs 2,247 crore during the period April 2015 to December 2015 registering a growth of 15% compared to corresponding period last year.
  10. The department has 38 heritage buildings having architectural value.