Good News : Earned Leaves Should Not Be Limited To 300 days [Court Order]

In a significant judgment, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has ruled that the accumulated unutilised leave of an employee cannot be reduced to 300 days even if he is entitled to leave encashment for a maximum of 300 days.

The ruling came in case of Haryana Government employees after the High Court was told that accumulated earned leave was reduced to 300 days time and again during the course of service on the assumption that they were entitled to a maximum of 300 days earned leave.

Eventually, when the time came for encashment of unutilised earned leave, they were granted the benefit for lesser number of days.
“If an employee is entitled to leave encashment for a maximum limit of 300 days, that does not mean that the accumulated unutilised leave is to be reduced to 300 days if it exceeds the limit. The earned leave will continue to accumulate till the retirement of the petitioners and the petitioners are to be granted the maximum benefit of 300 days, as stated in the rules,” Justice Kuldip Singh ruled.
The ruling came on a petition by Jaipal Phogat and another petitioner against the State of Haryana and other respondents. Justice Kuldip Singh asserted the “unfortunate controversy” was regarding the method used to calculate unutilised earned leave of petitioners Jaipal Phogat and Jaibhagwan.
Retired mechanics, the petitioners had claimed that they were entitled to leave encashment of 300 days unutilised earned leave. Petitioner number one was is entitled to 300 days leave encashment, but was granted the benefit of 257 days. Petitioner number two, on the other hand, was entitled to 268 days leave encashment, but was granted the benefit of 211 days.
During the course of the hearing, Justice Kuldip Singh asked both parties to file calculation sheets. He added that the examination of calculation sheet regarding Phogat showed mischief was done while calculating unutilised earned leave on April 27, 1999, May 22, 2003, and October 31, 2007.
The unutilised earned leave for 362 days, 375 days and 335 days, respectively, was reduced to 300 days on the assumption that the petitioner was entitled to a maximum of 300 days earned leave.
Similarly, in Jaibhagwan’s case, earned leave was reduced on August 11, 2002, May 22, 2003, and August 22, 2003, from 308 days, 307 days and 305 days, respectively.
“The calculation done by the respondents is not only mischievous, but wrong application of the principle of calculation of unutilised earned leave is also there. As such, the calculations made by the petitioners are accepted and that of the respondents are set aside,” the High Court ruled.


A meeting on GDS bonus issue was convened by the Member (P) Shri A.K. Dash in his Chamber in the evening of 19.10.2016 with PJCA leaders Secretary Generals and Presidents of NFPE & FNPO attended the meeting.

Member (P) told that the case of enhancement of bonus ceiling is being pursued by the Secretary Post. He has met with Finance Secretary personally and requested to expedite the matter. Minister (C) has also written letter to Finance Minister to grant enhanced bonus to GDS. He assured that it will be approved by Finance Ministry soon.

2 Days Nationwide Strike on 09th & 10th November 2016 notified by Postal Employees Union


PLI : Insuring Lives, Ensuring Future

Disbursement of salary by 25th of this month on account of Deepawali Festival

National Federation of Postal Employees

1st Floor North Avenue Post Office Building, New Delhi-110 001
Phone: 011.23092771                                      e-mail:
        Mob: 9868819295/9810853981               website:
No. PF-16/2016                                                                Dated: 18th October, 2016

            Shri B.V. Sudhakar,
            Department of Posts,
            Dak Bhawan,
            New Delhi-110 001

Sub: Disbursement of salary to all Employees working in Dept. of Posts including GDS and payment of Pension to pensioners by 25th of this month on account of Deepawali Festival on 30th of this month – Reg.

            The Deepawali festival is an important festival spread all over the Country and Celebrated by and large.  The festival will start from 28th and continue up to 2ndNovember.

As the festival is in the last dates of the month.  Mostly employees will not be having money to spend and to celebrate Deepawali festival.

            It is therefore, requested to kindly cause suitable orders for disbursement of salary of all staff working in Department of Posts on 25th October, 2016 so that the officials can celebrate the festival happily.

            A positive action is highly solicited.
            With regards.
Yours faithfully,
(R.N. Parashar)

Secretary General

7th Pay Commission Enhanced Incentives Proposed for CG Employees Acquiring Higher Qualification

7th Pay Commission - Enhanced Incentives Proposed for CG Employees Acquiring Higher Qualification 

The 7th Pay Commission may have recommended abolition of 51 allowances, and subsuming 37 others after examining 196 allowances. The final decision however rests with the Centre. While this may cause concern among Central government staffs, there are some surprises in store for the employees.

The 7th pay commission has not only accepted the demand for retaining some of the allowances, but has also enhanced the amount in its recommendations.

For instance, incentives paid to Central government employees for acquiring higher qualifications. The 7th pay commission has proposed a steep hike to staff from the amount currently payable - ranging from Rs 2,000 to Rs 10,000, subject to caveats and existing norms governing such payments.

“The Commission appreciates the need to encourage acquiring of higher qualifications. At the same time, it is important that the knowledge so acquired is directly relevant to the scope of the employee’s occupation,” it said in its voluminous report submitted to the Indian government on November 19, 2015.

However, the 7th pay commission refused to bring the incentives on par with those payable to defence personnel, saying it was not feasible "in view of the different service conditions, mode of recruitment and other factors."
Pay upgrade proposed for Russian translators

Russia was the flavour of the week gone by, with India signing a slew of defence deals during the recent BRICS summit held in Goa last week. But Russian translators were of the view that they were not being paid adequately despite being assigned responsibilities similar to those engaged in translation of other languages.

"The cadre of Russian translators in Integrated Headquarters of MOD (Navy) has contended that they have the same entry level qualification and nature of duties as translators of other languages in the same office, but are placed in a lower pay scale," the CPC said, analysing their grievances.

Studying the job profiles of Russian translators and those of their Chinese, Sinhalese and Push to counterparts, the pay panel came to the view that they deserved an upgrade in their pay band.

"The Commission finds merit in their demand for upgrade and accordingly recommends that Russian Translation Officers should be upgraded from the existing GP 4600 to GP 5400 (PB-3). Similarly, Russian Senior Translation officers should be upgraded from existing GP 5400 (PB-3) to GP 6600 and Russian Editors from existing GP 6600 to GP 7600," the Commission recommended.

Source: IBtimes

A record in sending congratulatory e-Post messages

GREAT: N. J. Uthaya Singh, Superintendent of Post offices, displaying congratulatory messages sent to Olympic medallists P. V. Sindhu and Sakshi Malik in Ramanathapuram. —Photo: L. Balachandar

14,626 messages sent to Olympic medallists

When congratulatory messages poured in from all parts of the world for Indian badminton player P. V. Sindhu and wrestler Sakshi Malik after they won medals at the Rio Olympics, the Ramanathapuram Division of India Post quietly walked away with the honour of topping the country in sending the maximum number of congratulatory messages to the duo through e-post.

Soon after the two women brought laurels to the country, the division designed separate messages, imposing their portraits and invited students and the public to send the messages through e-post if they wished and the response was overwhelming.

The division opened a window between August 22 to September 10 for sending the messages and 14,626 people, mostly school and college students, responded.

“We were told this was the largest number of messages sent to the two sports women from a postal division in the country,” N. J. Uthaya Singh, Superintendent of Post Offices, Ramanathapuram division, said. While 7,832 messages were sent to P. V. Sindhu, 6,794 messages were sent to Malik, he said adding the General Post Offices in Hyderabad and Rohtak in Haryana delivered the hard copies of the e-posts to them. Sindhu was obviously too happy to receive so many messages from one postal division as she sent a signed letter through speed post thanking the senders, he said.

“The gift of your wishes means more than anything money can buy. I really appreciate all that you have done and hope this card provides a small token of my gratitude,” Sindhu said in her reply. Her reply cards were sent to all schools and colleges, Mr. Singh said.

While helping people to congratulate the two outstanding women at a cost of Rs. 10 a message, the division earned revenue of Rs. 1.46 lakh.

For the year 2016-17, the division has set a target of sending 3.70 lakh e-posts and has so far sent 1.78 lakh posts.

This included 1,525 messages sent to T. Mariappan, gold medal winner in high jump in Paralympics and 1,028 messages to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his birthday.

Last year, a maximum of 2,900 messages were sent to Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on her birthday through e-posts, he added.

30 lakh debit cards exposed to suspect ATMs?

MUMBAI: Close to 30 lakh debit cards are understood to have been used in ATMs that are suspected to have exposed card and PIN details to malware at the back end.

While State Bank of India+ (SBI) has decided to reissue debit cards to six lakh customers who had used their cards at suspect networks, other banks are asking customers to change their ATM PIN. They are also blocking international transactions that can be conducted without PIN.

The problem relates to the feared breach in the systems of Hitachi Payment Services, which manages the ATM network processing for Yes Bank. The matter came to light around July. The private bank maintained that no compromise had been detected in its ATM network and that the measures were proactive.

The reason why a large number of banks are impacted is that Yes Bank, despite having a small number of ATMs, sees a large number of third-party transactions on its machines.

Yes Bank has undertaken a review of its ATMs, and there is no evidence of a breach or compromise. Yes Bank continues to work with relevant stakeholders, including other public sector and private banks, and NPCI (National Payments Corporation of India), to ensure utmost safety and security of its ATM network and payment services which are completely safe to use," it said.

"The affected systems were quarantined and inspected and the cards that were exposed have been identified and each bank has taken action according to its risk management practices," said a regulatory source. The incident has also compelled RBI to review its reporting framework and it has asked banks to immediately inform the central bank of any suspected fraud. The information would be shared with other banks on 'no-name' basis so that proactive measures can be taken by the industry.

The recent incident also highlights new security challenges for banks. Until now, ATM related thefts were largely a fallout of fraudsters installing skimmers on machines or placing hidden cameras to capture PIN. The fact that neither the regulator nor the affected bank have released details of the malware has led to speculation. Some industry experts said that given the scale of card reissuance by SBI, it looks like a malware had access to the HSM (hardware security module) card which receives card information and PIN.

Loney Antony, MD, Hitachi Payment Services, said "Prima facie the system does not appear to be compromised but I cannot comment until the final report is issued. I do not think it is necessary for any bank to reissue cards. Many banks have asked customers to change their PIN number, but this is a general practice to get customers to keep changing their password," said Antony.

While the number of affected cards is large, it is a small fraction (less than half a percent) of the total number of cards in the country. As per numbers reported by RBI there are 60 crore debit cards in the country.

Source :The Times of India

New Change In BO Account Opening In Sub Offices.

We are all aware that RICT is coming soon. Very Soon all BO will be given RICT Devices in which all transactions will be carried out. As a part of this method while opening a new account in RICT machines, a unique number will be generated. This unique number we have to enter while opening account at Sub office.

Since all offices are not yet migrated to RICT, Finacle will throw a warning message. 
 “RICT Unique number is not entered. Do you want to proceed”
This is only warning message and the root cause of the message is due to deployment of new patch in the production server.
The details of the patch which was deployed in production server is as below.
The field RICT unique number is for entering the unique number generated in RICT device while opening of new accounts (SB / RD / TD). So, while opening new accounts, if BO is selected, then the warning message mentioned above will be displayed and the offices can skip this by selection YES option if RSI FSI rollout has not happened.
In future after implementation of RICT while opening the BO accounts in SO/HO we need to enter the unique number generated in RICT device at BO level.
Note :-
In finacle we generally get the 3 different kind of messages in general while doing finacle operations they are mentioned below.
1. Warning message
2. Exception message
3. Error message
Generally warning message code will start with 'W'
Exception message code will start with'ED'
Error message code will start with 'E'.
In finacle generally we can ignore warning and exceptions in general and we can proceed the transaction even system will allow to proceed the transactions.
But when we get Error message the system will not allow to proceed further as this will occur when we perform the transaction against the DOP rulings or if there is any issue in the system.
Hence if there is any error message immediately report to the respective CPC with latest error screenshots and detailed description for the solution.

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Get used to it because you are going to work with this in the very near future.

Simplified Working Procedure of BPCOD / EPCOD and SPCOD articles in Delivery Post offices

Simplified Working Procedure of BPCOD / EPCOD and SPCOD articles in Delivery Post offices

1.      Receive the Parcel Bag in Postman Module and open the bag.
2.      The parcel must be received as BPCOD/EPCOD. 
3.      Check the message file in Invoicing Cod Article Article for delivery.
4.      If message file is not available, then log in as Super, in Tool Manu├ál Request for COD message File. Scan the Article, and run the R-Net Communication.
5.      The message file of the concerned COD should be available within 7 Days of the receipt of the COD Parcel. 
6.      If message is available, then first serve the intimation slips through the Postman.
7.    The Parcel may be kept in Windows deposit or may be delivered through the Postman according to the limits prescribed for Postman. 
8.      If the parcel is delivered, then take return as DELIVERED, receive the amount in the Treasury Module, Verify the same by the Supervisor in submit account. 
9.      Then check the amount received by the Treasurer by viewing the Daily Account.
10.  Run both the R-net Communication and e-Payment communication to transfer the amount to the Biller. 
11.  If the parcel is refused or un-claimed then return back the COD with suitable remarks and dispatch the parcel in the Despatch Module.
12.  For BOs, the Sub Account PA should enter the COD amount under the respective Heads while doing the BO Daily Account Data Entry.
13.  If the COD is returned by the Branch Offices, then return should be taken and COD should be returned in the Despatch Module. 
14.  If there is any ambiguity in Amount written and Amount appeared then, the said COD should be returned. 

What will happen, if the message file is not received:--

1.      If the message file is not received after 7 days of receipt, and the Costumer wishes to take the COD Then -
2.      Make the article delivered to the Costumer and collect the prescribed amount.
3.      Track the COD in India Post web site, not down the Booking office details.
4.      Now the amount received from the Costumers need to be remitted only to the Booking office by Service EMO. 
5.      In the message space, enter the COD Number, Booking Date, Amount and Biller Name. 
6.      Write down the details in the COD register maintained in your office. 
7.      Log in as PA in Postman Module, Tools - Parcel COD disaster - Select the COD, enter the EMO number, amount, Date of booking and Remarks as Delivered. 
8.      Login as Super in Postman Module, Tools - Parcel COD Disaster Verification, Verify the COD. This will update the delivery status of the COD in the Web Page. 
9.      The Manually returned articles are also need to be entered in the COD disaster with the Remarks as Undelivered. 

Two separate Registers should be maintained one for BPCOD and another for SPCOD. The disposal of all the COD Parcels should be entered in the register for future references.

Working Procedure of BPCOD/EPCOD and SPCOD articles in Delivery Post offices. 

1.      Receive the SPCOD parcel in the in the Speednet Module.
2.      Transfer the SPCOD message file to the Meghdoot Postman under delivery menu. 
3.      Adopt the procedure laid down for BPCOD articles for Delivery in Postman module. 
If the SPCOD article is to be returned back:--
1.      Take return in the Postman Module.
2.      Submit Account should be done in the Postman Module.
3.      Execute the Speednet Communication to change the status of the SPCOD.
4.      Open Speednet, Close the bag and Scan the SPCOD for return back. 

The disposal of each SPCOD should be entered in the SPCOD register maintained in your office whether it is delivered or undelivered. 

·          Ensure that all the communication modules are in working condition.
·         R-Net Communication is used to Receive and transmit RL/PARCEL and COD.
·         e-Payment Client is used to transfer cash collected for COD billers.
·         Speednet Communication is used to Receive and Transmit Speednet and SPCOD data.

·         Check the BPCOD and SPCOD articles shown as deposit in the Postman module periodically.