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Change of date of holiday on account of Id-ul-Fitr during 2016 for all Central Government administrative offices located at Delhi / New Delhi.

F.N0.12/10/20 16-JCA2
 Government of India
Ministry of Personnel Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
 North Block, New Delhi Dated the 05 July, 2016


Sub: Change of date of holiday on account of Id-ul-Fitr during 2016 for all Central Government administrative offices located at Delhi / New Delhi.

            As per list of holidays circulated vide this Ministry's 0.M.No.12 / 7 / 2015-JCA-2 dated the 11th June, 2015, the holiday on account of Id-ul-Fitr falls on Wednesday the 6th July, 2016. It has been brought to notice of this Ministry that in Delhi Id-ul-Fitr will be celebrated on 7th July, 2016. Accordingly, it has been decided to shift the Id-ul-Fitr holiday to 7th July, 2016 in place of 6th July, 2016 as notified earlier, for all Central Government administrative offices at Delhi / New Delhi.

2. For Offices outside Delhi / New  Delhi the  Employees   Coordination Committee  or Head of Offices (where such Committees are not functioning ) can decide the date  depending upon the decision of the concerned State Government.

            Hindi version will follow.
 Under Secretary 

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RBI may soon allow interoperability of Post payment bank ATMs

India Post, the world's largest mail delivery network, is carving out a separate vertical to manage banking services, a move that will help it win RBI nod for interoperability of its ATMs with those of PSU banks. 

India Posts, which had last year won a licence to operate a payment bank, has not been able to move much on starting operations. 

"We wanted interoperability of the ATMs of Post Offices with other banks. RBI said we can allow it only if Post offices create a separate bank vertical because RBI has jurisdiction over only banks. The Postal department has taken a positive approach and created a separate vertical," a finance ministry official said. 

The vertical will be based out of Bengaluru. 

Interoperability will allow individuals to transfer money from their Post Office account to their accounts in any bank. Besides, the Post Office ATMs can be used for withdrawal of money from the bank accounts. 

The official, further, said the vertical will be created to operationalise the Post Bank licence and ultimately it would get merged suitably with the Post Bank. 

DoP has 28,000 departmental post offices and 1.50 lakh rural post offices across the country. 

The Postal Department is proactively setting up ATMs and micro ATMs in its rural post offices so as to tap its wide network for financial inclusion. 

"RBI said this separate vertical of the Postal department is open for banking regulation. The RBI is favourably considering the option to provide interoperability," the official said. 

"This will help in moving towards a less cash economy. Post Office has its branches even in the remotest areas where banking mitras or business correspondents cannot reach. Interoperability will allow leveraging the reach of Postal department," the official added. 

With the formal structure of Post Bank likely to take around a year and half, the government wants to kick start its operations in parts by first putting into use the ATMs of Post Offices. 

India Post plans to roll out 10,000 ATMs and 20,000 micro ATMs across the country by the end of this year. 

India Post payments bank will primarily target unbanked and under-banked customers in rural, semi-rural and remote areas, with a focus on providing simple deposit products and money remittance services. 

The Union Cabinet last month cleared a proposal to set up India Post payments bank with a corpus of Rs 800 crore. 

Payments banks can accept deposits (initially up to Rs 1 lakh per individual), offer Internet banking, facilitate money transfers and sell insurance and mutual funds by piggy-backing on existing retail or other networks. Besides, they can issue ATM/debit cards, but not credit cards. 

The Postal payments bank, which will be run by Chief Executive Officer, will be professionally managed and there will be a officials from Department of Posts, Department of Expenditure and Department of Economic Services etc on its board.

The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) has decided to conduct its flagship Combined Graduate Level Examination (CGLE) online to check malpractices and make the test more transparent.

Besides, the Commission has also changed the pattern of the examination and included descriptive portion (essay writing) in it for the first time.
Hundreds of students are selected through the CGLE every year for various mid-level central government jobs, including as Assistant in Intelligence Bureau and Inspector in Income Tax.
"It has been decided to conduct the CGLE through online mode rather than Optical Mark Recognition (OMR) based. It is a historic decision that will bring in more transparency in the examination process," SSC Chairman Ashim Khurana said.
He said a video walk through on the SSC's website has been put up to help the aspirants understand the new pattern.
About 38 lakh aspirants, who had already applied for CGLE 2016, will have to take the test under the new pattern which will be conducted in the next two months.
"A notice mentioning the changes in pattern of examination has been issued. The new online system will effectively put a check on any incident of leakage of exam paper or tampering with the examination process," Khurana told .
He said the Commission is getting positive feedback from the students across the country on the recently announced changes.
The decision to hold the CGLE online was endorsed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi also, senior officials in Personnel Ministry said.
The SSC is one of the largest recruiting agencies in the country mandated to conduct eight exams. It will fill about 89,000 government posts this year alone from among about two crore applicants.
The Commission's flagship CGLE is for filling vacancies in 30 different services in the central government.
There will be no fresh application for CGLE 2016 and those who have already applied will have to take the exam on computer rather than OMR mode, which was prone to malpractices by tech-savvy syndicates, the officials said.
The computer-based examination will ensure greater confidentiality and faster processing of results, they said.
The SSC has for the first time been authorised to make recruitment for gazetted posts of Indian Audit and Accounts department.
As per the changed pattern, the CGLE will now be conducted in three tiers instead of two.
In phase I, there will be 100 questions as against 200 earlier. The aspirants will get 1.15 hours instead of two. There will be no change in tier II and two papers of 200 marks each would continue. Those who qualify in both tier I and II, will have to take tier III exam of 100 marks which will be descriptive in nature, the officials said.
They said the descriptive portion will help in checking candidates' comprehension and analytical skills. The New Indian Express