Thursday, 30 June 2016


                       S/ G FNPO
Date : 30.06.2016

Cabinet decisions on Implementation of the recommendations of Seventh Central Pay Commission : Official Report

Date : 30.06.2016

Cabinet decisions on Implementation of the recommendations of Seventh Central Pay Commission : Official Report

Date : 30.06.2016
Over 60 financial giants like Barclays, Citibank, Deutsche Bank line up to partner with India Post

NEW DELHI: The vast legacy network of India Post, once perceived to be unwanted baggage and a huge financial burden, is turning out to be its biggest strength. Top global financial firms BarclaysCitibank,Deutsche Bank, Western Union, Visa and domestic giants State Bank of India and Punjab National Bank are among over five dozen companies that have queued up to partner with the payments bank arm of the country's postal department. 

Even the International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, has shown interest in picking up a stake in the business. 

There are nearly 1.5 lakh post offices across the country, 1.3 lakh in rural India. A modernisation drive across these branches and rollout of core banking solutions and ATMs has attracted the attention of the big boys of the financial world looking at opportunities in banking, MFs, insurance and money transfer. 

A large-scale modernisation drive across these branches, including computerisation and the gradual rollout of core banking solutions and ATMs, has attracted the attention of the big boys of the financial world who are looking at new opportunities in banking, mutual funds, insurance and money transfer. 

The postal network and services are the backbone for lastmile connectivity across the country and our efforts at modernization as well as digitization are bearing fruit," telecom and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who is also in charge of the Department of Posts, told TOI. "With India Post having got a payments bank licence, there is a scramble to forge partnerships and alliances." 

The postal department bagged a licence for a payments bank from the Reserve Bank of India in August last year. The central bank also allowed 10 other firms and tech companies to operate payment banks, considered the likely new disruptive force on the financial landscape of the country.Payments banks can accept deposits up to Rs 1 lakh but cannot grant loans. 

They can deposit their money in government bonds and issue debit cards but not credit cards. These banks are expected to spread financial inclusion across the country and bring down cost of remit tance and fund transfer. 

The interest in partnerships with the postal department comes against the backdrop of the success that India Post has achieved after tying up with over 800 e-commerce companies, including Flipkart, Snapdeal and Amazon.Parcel revenue, which registered a dip of 2% in 2013-14, grew 45% in 2014-15 and a staggering 100% till February in 2015-16.Those seeking an alliance with India Post for banking products and services include SBI, PNB, BoB, Union Bank, and IDBI Bank. Foreign aspirants include Barclays Bank, Deutsche Bank and HSBC. 

In the queue for an alliance on the insurance business are HDFC Life, ICICI Lombard, ICICI Prudential, Bajaj Allianz, Kotak Life Insurance, Royal Sundaram and PNB Metlife. 

Transfort and Western Union from the US have lined up for a deal on money transfer.State-owned telecom company BNSL wants to strike a partnership for the mobile wallet business, while American financial services giant Visa has approached India Post for a pact on ATM and point-of-sale transactions.
Date : 30.06.2016

Unions reject pay hike, threaten to go on strike

The Confederation of Central Government Employees today rejected the pay hike announced by the government and threatened to go on a strike next week, a decision which got support from the central trade unions.

The Confederation said the pay hike approved by the Cabinet on the 7th Central Pay Commission's recommendations is "not acceptable".

RSS affiliate Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) and other trade unions also rejected the hike, saying this is the lowest increase in the past 17 years that would increase disparity between the minimum and maximum pay.

Central trade unions have also sided with government employees and have given a call to hold nationwide demonstrations against the pay hike.

"In the prevailing economic conditions, the proposed hike as per the Pay Commission is inadequate. It is not acceptable to us," M Duraipandian, General Secretary, Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers, Tamil Nadu, said.

He added the Confederation will be forced to advance the indefinite strike call to July 4 instead of July 11, if the government does not heed to its demand of revising the hike.

Earlier in the day, its members staged a demonstration at Rajaji Bhavan in Chennai, home to several state government's offices.

All India Trade Union Congress Secretary D L Sachdev said: "It is the lowest increase in last 17 years. Central trade unions will support the strike call given by central government employees." 

While, BMS said it will organise country-wide protests on July 8 against the decision, adding the government has "disappointed" the employees and it may lead to industrial unrest.

"The formula should be 3.42 instead of 2.57 as approved by the government. Similarly the annual increment should be 5 per cent instead of 3 per cent given. The disparity between the minimum and maximum pay has also been increased," BMS General Secretary Virjesh Upadhyay said.

In a statement, he said the Sangh will organise protests across the country in all districts on July 8 and will discuss on the alternative of going on a strike at its national executive in August.

BMS also demanded for a uniform minimum pay of Rs 18,000 per month to all the workers including the private sector.
Date : 30.06.2016

Tommorroe India Post Payment Bank meeting is held at Postal  Directorate ,New Delhi.

Our FNPO  S/G Sri.D.Theayagarajan , NAPE G/S Sri. D.Kishan Rao , NAPE P&MTS G/S Sri.T.N.Rahate , NUGDS G/S Sri.P.U.Muraleedharan were attended that meeting.

Meeting mainly concerns with  the contribution of GDS in IPPB.

Our leaders opposed so many issues regarding the IPPB consequences faced by the Departmental as well as GDS employees.

But, the so called recognised GDS union & other Fedaration didn't raise any issues faced by the regular as well as GDS .

For especially GDS , a big fight is awiting.

Be aware, Be prepare , Be fight.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Date : 30.06.2016

Percentage of HRA in 7th pay commission after cabinet approval

Percentage of HRA in 7th pay commission after cabinet approval

The Pay commission has recommended HRA should be rationalized by using the factor 0.8 which is used for rationalising the percentage based allowances. The 7th CPC recommended 24 percent, 16 percent and 8 percent of the Basic Pay for Class X, Y and Z cities respectively. The Commission also recommended that the rate of HRA will be revised to 27 percent, 18 percent and 9 percent when DA crosses 50 percent, and further revised to 30 percent, 20 percent and 10 percent when DA crosses 100 percent.

The cabinet committee reviewed the recommendations on Allowances and they are not able to give a decision over the Allowances. Hence the Union Cabinet decided to constitute a Committee headed by Finance Secretary for further examination of the recommendations of 7th CPC on Allowances. And it is said that the Committee will complete its work in a time bound manner and submit its reports within a period of 4 months.

In the press release issued by government said the following

” The Commission examined a total of 196 existing Allowances and, by way of rationalization, recommended abolition of 51 Allowances and subsuming of 37 Allowances. Given the significant changes in the existing provisions for Allowances which may have wide ranging implications, the Cabinet decided to constitute a Committee headed by Finance Secretary for further examination of the recommendations of 7th CPC on Allowances. The Committee will complete its work in a time bound manner and submit its reports within a period of 4 months. Till a final decision, all existing Allowances will continue to be paid at the existing rates.”

Since the House Rent Allowance also listed among one of these 196 Allowances, the status HRA is not clear now. The existing rates of HRA is 30%, 20% and 10% for class X, Y and Z respectively. Whether these existing rates of HRA will be paid based on revised pay or pre revised pay..? It needs to be clarified when implementation of 7th pay commission is in process.
Date : 30.06.2016

7th Pay Commission – Railways, Defence, Post employees to go on strike from July 11

New Delhi, June 29: Not everyone is happy with the Central government approving the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) recommendations. As per latest reports, 33,000 South Western Railway employees will go on an indefinite strike staring July 11. The National Joint Council for Action (NJCA) announced the strike in Karnataka on Tuesday, to pressure the government into fulfilling their demands.
Speaking to the media, A.M. D’Cruz, zonal general secretary and convenor of NJCA said that after trying to voice their concerns, the Union government disregarded their demands and as a last resort, the trade union had decided to call for a strike. D’Cruz also accused the Union government of trying to use coercive methods such a filing cases against the employees to prevent them from participating in the strike, The Hindu reported. “We are ready to be jailed,” he said.
“Two of the most significant issues that have triggered the strike are the inordinate delay in taking decisions on the Pay Commission recommendations and refusal of the government to bring back the old statutory defined benefit scheme of pension to all employees in place of the contributory pension scheme. The government has not shown any interest in addressing our demands that include filling vacant posts, no foreign direct investment in railways and no privatization. They have opposed the labour law amendments. Another demand is to grant one rank, one pension to railway employees,” D’Cruz was quoted by the Times of India.
Having waited three months for the Union government, following assurance by the Cabinet Secretary, their demands were not met. Seeking a reconsideration of the commission, the NJCA has asked for a hike of 26 per cent instead of the present 23.5 per cent. This would also mean a  minimum wage of Rs 26,000 as compared to the recommended and approved Rs 18,000.
The NJCA had submitted a charter of 36 demands which include restoring the old pension scheme and doing away with the National Pension scheme, preventing the Labour laws from being amended, and filling vacancies.
Date : 29.06.2016

What is India Post Payment Bank (IPPB) and What are Its Scopes

So many rumors are spreading about Payment Bank especially about India Post Payment Bank (IPPB) a proposed subsidiary company of India Post.  Both general public and employees of India Post have several doubts about IPPB.  After reading this post you will be having sufficient knowledge about India Post Payment Bank (IPPB).

1.  What is a Payments Bank?
A Payments Bank is a “differentiated bank” set-up under the guidelines of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to further financial inclusion for the underserved population by providing (i) current and savings accounts and (ii) payments or remittance services to migrant labour workforce, low income households, small businesses, unorganised sector entities and other users. This is to be done by enabling high volume-low value transactions in deposits and payments or remittance services in a secured technology- driven environment

2.  Why is a Payments Bank required?
A vast majority of the rural population (approximately 61%, as per RBI), is still not covered by formal banking and are underbanked. An easily accessible payments network and universal access to savings is fundamental to financial inclusion.  The country has had the experience of pre-paid Payment Instruments with reasonable success in facilitating payments in urban areas. Their customers, however, face several limitations and difficulties arising out of their non-banking status. On the other hand, entities like  the  Department  of  Posts (DoP)  have  a  wide  network  and  experience  of handling  financial transactions, but do not have a banking license. Therefore, to bridge this gap, new, low cost, lean, modern  technology  based  delivery  models  were  needed  to  further  financial  inclusion  with  the differentiated scope of activities as laid out for payments bank

3.  What is the GOI’s outlook on the Payments Bank and DoP’s foray into banking?
In  the  Union  Budget  of  2014-15   speech,  the  Hon’ble  Finance  Minister  made  the  following announcement:
“After making suitable changes to current framework, a structure will be put in place for continuous authorization of universal banks in the private sector in the current financial year. RBI will create a framework for licensing small banks and other differentiated banks. Differentiated banks serving niche interests, local area banks, payment banks etc. are contemplated to meet credit and remittance needs of small businesses, unorganized sector, low income households, farmers and migrant work force”.
Carrying forward the same outlook, in the Union Budget of 2015-16, the Honourable Finance Minister made the following announcement:
“The Government is committed to increasing access of the people to the formal financial system.  In this context, Government proposes to utilize the vast Postal network with nearly 1,54,000 points of presence spread across the villages of the country.  I hope that the Postal Department will make its proposed Payments Bank venture successful so that it contributes further to the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana.”
4.  What is the scope and activities of the Payments Bank?
As per the RBI Guidelines, the payments bank will be set up as a differentiated  bank and shall be permitted to set up its own outlets such as branches, Automated Teller Machines (ATMs), Business Correspondents (BCs), etc. to undertake only certain restricted activities permitted to banks under the Banking Regulation Act, 1949, as given below:
•    Acceptance  of  demand  deposits,  i.e.,  current  deposits,  and  savings  bank  deposits  from individuals, small businesses and other entities, as permitted. The payments bank will be restricted to holding a maximum balance of Rs. 1,00,000 per individual customer.
 •    Issuance of ATM / Debit Cards. Payments banks, however, cannot issue credit cards.
•    Payments and remittance services through various channels including branches, Automated
 Teller Machines (ATMs), Business Correspondents (BCs) and mobile banking.
•    Issuance of PPIs as per instructions issued from time to time under the PSS Act.
•    Internet and mobile banking - The payments bank is expected to leverage technology to offer low cost banking solutions.
•    Functioning as Business Correspondent (BC) of another bank - a payments bank may choose to become a BC of another bank, subject to the RBI guidelines on BCs.
•    As a channel, the payments bank can accept remittances to be sent to or receive remittances from multiple banks under a payment mechanism approved by RBI, such as RTGS / NEFT / IMPS.
•    Payments banks will be permitted to handle cross border remittance transactions in the nature of personal payments or remittances on the current account.
•    Payments banks can undertake other non-risk sharing simple financial services activities, not requiring any commitment of their own funds, such as distribution of mutual fund units, insuranceproducts, pension products, etc. with the prior approval of the RBI and after complying with the requirements of the sectoral regulator for such products.
•    The payments bank may undertake utility bill payments etc. on behalf of its customers and General public.
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5.  Are there any restrictions on payments banks as compared to other commercial banks?
Given that their primary role is to provide payments and remittance services and demand deposit products to small businesses and low-income households, payments bank will initially be restricted to holding a maximum balance of Rs.. 1,00,000 per individual customer.
Payments banks cannot issue credit cards and cannot grant loan/ credit out of their own books.
The payments bank cannot set up subsidiaries to undertake non-banking financial services activities.
The other financial and non-financial services activities of the promoters, if any, should be kept distinctly ring-fenced and not comingled with the banking and financial services business of the payments bank.
The payments bank will be required to use the words “Payments Bank” in its name in order to differentiate it from other banks.
6.  Has this model of Post office setting up a bank worked anywhere else  in the world?
Postal operators are the leading financial services providers in over 75% of the countries around the world. Some of the Post Banks in the world have been hugely successful in the countries of their operations e.g.  Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, France, China, South Korea, South Africa, Moroccoto name a few.
7.  Why is DoP setting-up a payments bank?
DoP has been successfully running the Post Office Savings Bank for the Ministry of Finance. Setting up its independently owned bank is the next logical progression. Based on feasibility studies and a subsequent Detailed Project Report, the Department, in 2013, made an application to the RBI and a proposal to the Public Investment Board (PIB) to set up a universal bank. However, the Department was advised by the PIB to set up a “differentiated bank” under the relevant guidelines. Accordingly when the RBI came up with the guidelines for licensing of Payments Banks in November 2014, the Department of Posts made an application for the same and got the in-principle approval in September 2015 for setting up its payments bank.
The setting up of the payments bank is therefore necessary in view of current market realities and to ensure continued relevance of DoP’s products and services. Among other things, the decision to set up the payments banks comes in the wake of changes in the payments and remittances market space in the country and the declining share of the Department in the market with the popularity of traditional money orders and other such products going down with the customers.
The payments bank will ensure that the payments and remittance services offered through the postal network are well aligned with the rest of the ecosystem where the requisite money flows from one entity to the other through new age technology.
The payments bank will leverage DoPs wide reach, deep penetration, extensive network of branches across the country, the deep connect with customers in rural areas and build upon it with modern day technology and processes to provide quality services and work to increase the market share for the DoP/IPPB combines. Through partnerships with third parties it will offer a gamut of financial services to further financial inclusion which is the basic objective of setting up the payments bank. It will also aim to channel all types of government to citizen payments and DBT through the payments bank and the DoP network. Payments bank will also work to improve access to financial services through technology based channels- PoS, mPoS, mobile phones, ATMs, and internet etc. in addition to the physical access points through the Post offices, delivery personnel, agents and others. The payments bank will thus ensure that the postal network continues to offer relevant financial services in sync with the market requirements.
8.  How will setting up the payments bank benefit DoP?
The payments bank will not only drive revenues for DoP but also help in maintaining DOP’s brand image and relevance in the current financial landscape that is evolving rapidly. The payments bank will open new opportunities and increase DoPs market share. For example, today, DoPs market share is only 0.3% of the Rs 6.2 Lakh crore utility bill payments transactions. The utility bill payments services of the payments bank as a Bharat Bill Payment Operating Unit (BBPOU) will help DoP in increasing our market share in the utility bill payments space and provide technology driven services to customers. The new age technology will enhance customer experience, provide more options and help in serving to the larger cause and vision of the GOI i.e. to bring about financial inclusion for the vast unbanked and underserved population.
9.  What will be the role and relationship of DoP with the proposed payments bank?
The payments bank will be a 100% subsidiary of the DoP and will have an independent board of directors with representation from the Department and other stakeholders from within the Government to ensure strategic alignment with the overall objectives of the DoP and the Government of India.
The post offices at different levels will be the main customer touch points for the bank’s  services. A close liaison between the bank and DoP staff at the access points will be maintained on a regular basis at the branch level for success of the delivery model
Role of the payments bank would be to:
•    Design Products and Services
•    Define Technology and Service delivery platforms •    Train and handhold village Postal staff
•    Marketing and third party tie-ups
•    Define and monitor quality standards and customer grievances •    Manage risk and compliance
•    Undertake financial literacy of the target customer
Role of the DoP would be to:
•    Act as customer interface for the bank
•    Provide access points for the counter operations
•    Door- step banking through delivery staff, franchisees, etcetera
•    Operational supervision and inspections
10. When will the India Post Payments Bank start operations?
As per the RBI mandate, IPPB has to start operations by 6th March 2017, i.e. within 18 months of having received the in-principle approval on 7th September 2015. To meet this deadline, the build out of the bank, pre-licence approvals and technology audit has to be completed within the stipulated date and the nationwide rollout can start thereafter. A pilot launch is planned in the last quarter of FY 2016-17.
11. How many branches are likely to be opened?
Corresponding to the Divisional,  Regional and Circle Headquarters of the Department of Posts, about 450 branches are proposed to be opened by December 2018 linking the post offices as access points. The tentative roll out plan is as follows:
Network Component         2017-18                 2018-19
Payment Bank Branches         200                    250
Linked Post Offices             60000                   95000
12. Will all Post Offices provide services of IPPB?
Yes, after complete roll out all post offices will be access points for the services of IPPB.
13. What will be the USP for IPPB?
The latest payments and banking technology, easy to use interface, the trusted network of the post office and its dedicated staff with a local connect will be the USP of the IPPB. IPPB will bring in innovative services and interface for its target customer segments in all areas. The accessibility and ease of use of services through a combination of modern technology and the widespread DoP physical network, capable of providing door step services will make it a unique payments bank. Through a combination of physical and digital channels, the payments bank will build the most accessible bank in the country especially in rural and underserved areas of the country.
IPPB will play to its own strengths  of traditional post office values. It will be driven by  the core objective of financial inclusion for the underserved population to make formal banking services accessible to them at the least cost possible.
DoP’s role in IPPB:
14. How will IPPB function?
IPPB will be set up as a Public Limited Company under the Department of Posts with an independent Board of Directors. It will be headed by a Managing Director and CEO, and will set up a corporate head quarter and up to 650 branches to manage its functions on a day to day basis. IPPB will leverage the physical and IT infrastructure of the Post office and be set up on a lean operating model. It will focus on low-cost, low-risk, technology based solutions to extend access to formal banking.
Products and Services:
15. How will the products and services of IPPB be different from DoP’s payment and remittance products?
DoP payments and remittances products are based on the basic money order services adapted for the digital age. While IPPB will provide the same benefits of payments and remittances to the customers, by adopting newer, efficient processes and technologies such as mobile based payments, digital wallets and innovative payment and remittance products that are continuously emerging in the market today.
Combined with doorstep cash payment options like traditional money orders, IPPB will differentiate itself from the other players while comparing well with all other benefits offered by competitors.
IPPB will drive the benefits of financial inclusion by bringing a host of financial products to suit the needs of different strata of society with special focus on the marginalized sections and citizens in rural areas. In so doing it will also provide the following proposed services:
•    Direct Benefits transfer (DBT) of social security payments of various Ministries, •    Utility bill payments for electricity, water, telephone, gas etc.,
•    Facilitate payments of various Central and State Govt& Municipal dues, taxes and fees/taxes of various Universities/ educational institution
•    Person to person remittances both domestic and cross-border. Special focus will be on providing, economical, safe and convenient money transfer facilities to migrant labourers, NRIs remitting money to relatives, institutions etc.
•    Demand Deposits (Current account and Savings Account)- with special focus  on MSMEs,  small entrepreneurs, village panchayats & SHGs
•    Distribution of third party financial products such as Insurance (health & general), mutual funds  and pension products
•    Access to formal credit products by acting as BCs of banks & MFIs
Product innovation will be a continuous exercise to expand the bouquet of services adapting to the evolving  needs  of  its  customers and  the  rapid  advancements  in  communication  and  payments technologies.
16. Will there be an impact on POSB?
Apart from savings account with up to INR 1,00,000 in deposit, the products offered by IPPB are different from POSB products. POSB savings accounts do not have any limit unlike payments bank savings account. On the other hand payments banks can offer current accounts for  use by businesses and institutions whereas POSB does not offer these accounts. Other kinds of deposits under POSB are unique to it and will not be on offer by the payments bank. The purpose of the savings accounts and current accounts of IPPB is to facilitate flow of money and payments of different kinds from Government to Citizen, Citizen to Government, Citizen to Citizen, Citizen to Businesses and Businesses to Citizens whereas the POSB accounts are mainly savings instruments.
17. Can the savings accounts be shifted from POSB to IPPB?
The POSB accounts are operated by the Department on behalf of the Ministry of Finance. The decision on the future of POSB savings accounts lies with the Ministry of Finance. The IPPB account will give various transactional advantages to DoP customers apart from an additional option of earning interest depending on their requirements.
18. Who will be the target customer of IPPB?
Apart from the existing customers of the DoP, IPPB will focus on the underbanked and unbanked population in different parts of the country. It will also try to target services for MSMEs, senior citizens, students, migrant population, low income households, unorganized sector and other groups with special service requirements. In addition to its own products, the payments bank will partner with third parties to offer a wide range of financial and banking services to cater to the needs of its target segments.
19. How will the customer choose between the savings account of POSB  and IPPB?
Given the difference in purpose of  the two accounts, the POSB customers can be encouraged to open a IPPB account for managing their fund flow including bill payments, remittances to other family members, businesses etc. depending on their needs.
Customers focusing on savings may prefer to leave their deposits with POSB and transfer some of the money from these accounts to their IPPB account as per requirements.
However, the customers will have the choice of the amount they want to leave in their IPPB account at any point of time and they will earn interest on their money in these accounts also. They would be able to channel money from their IPPB accounts to any of the POSB schemes. For example, an IPPB customer will be able to use money in his account to open and service a RD/ TD/ SSY or any other POSB account. Thus both IPPB and POSB can synergistically serve the customers.
Both POSB and IPPB will have different branding and the product features will be quite different. At time of signing, customers will be clearly told what the product features are. POSB and IPPB will actively declare to customers, which product they are buying.
20. I would like to know more and contribute to the IPPB journey. How can I do that?
You could volunteer to be a trainer for IPPB and get specialized training for the same. You can als suggest other ways in which you would like to contribute. You can send your questions and suggestions to