IT Modernization Project of Department of Posts – Phase-II

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the IT Modernization Project – Phase-II proposal of the Department of Posts. The decision is to computerize all the Departmental and Grameen Dak Sevak (GDS) posts offices in the country. The approval has also been accorded for creation of IT infrastructure including establishment of Data Centre, Networking of the Departmental post offices, development of scalable, integrated and modular software for all the operations of the Department of Posts. The Project will be implemented over a three year period covering 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13. 

The total expenditure involved in this project will be Rs.1877.20 crore and it will cover all the Post Offices throughout the country in all the State and Union Territories. The Department of Posts will be floating tenders for procurement of hardware and development of software. Pilots will be held in rural and urban post offices. The final roll out will be completed by September 2012. 

Handheld devices will be provided to all the Grameen Dak Sevak (GDS) Post Offices in the rural areas and necessary software application developed. Banking solution will be implemented for the Post Office Savings Bank (POSB) scheme. Software Integration solutions will be developed for mail operations enabling tracking solutions for all registered and Speed Post articles. 

The Postal Life Insurance services will be available in all the Post Offices including rural pot offices in the country through computers and rural ICT devices. Comprehensive training will be given to staff in Customer relations, application, IT management and system training skills. 

Background: The Post Office presently handles 654 crore pieces of mail annually. POSB has a corpus fund of Rs.5,63,000 crore. Significant trends like liberalization and globalization; urbanization, increased demand for financial services, increased funding by government for weaker sections and rural sector, make it imperative that India Post develop new processes and supporting technology.

Fixation of pay on promotion to HAG scale on exercise of option under sub rule (8A) of rule 4 of the IAS (Pay) Rules, 2007

Government of lndia
Ministry of Personnel, Pensions and Public Grievances
Department of Personnel and Training

North Block, New Delhi-01 ,
the 1st  September, 2010

Chief Secretaries of all
State Governments and Union Territories

Subject: Fixation of pay on promotion to HAG scale on exercise of option under sub
rule (8A) of rule 4 of the IAS (Pay) Rules, 2007 - Clarification - reg.

I am directed to say that reference from State Governments for clarification on fixation of pay of the members of All lndia Service on promotion to HAG scale on exercise of option under sub rule (8A) of rule 4 of the IAS (Pay) Rules, 2007, as amended vide IAS (Pay) Fourth Amendment Rules, 2010, have been engaging attention of thisDepartment. The matter has been examined and it is clarified that'

(i) For purpose of calculation of two increments (One annual increment and the other as promotional increment) on 1st  July as provided under the sub rule (8A) of rule 4 of the IAS (Pay) Rules, 2007, the basic pay prior to the date of promotion shall be taken into account

(ii) Further, these two increments shall be added to the basic pay of the concerned members of Service as fixed on the date of promotion to HAG scale by adding an amount of Rs.2000/-.

(Yash Pal)
Desk Officer

Special Class Railway Apprentices’ Exam, 2010

Special Class Railway Apprentices’ Exam, 2010

                The Union Service Public Commission will hold the Special Class Railway Apprentices’ Examination, 2010 on  December 19, 2010 for recruitment to the Special Class Apprentices in the Mechanical Department of Indian Railways.  The examination will be held at various centers across the country.


                For details regarding Eligibility Conditions, the Syllabus and Scheme of the examination, Centres of Examination, Guidelines for filling up application form etc. aspirants must consult the Detailed Notice of the examination published in the Employment News/Rozgar Samachar dated  August 28, 2010.



(a)                             Age Limit: Not less than 17 years and not more than 21 years on 1st August, 2010.

The upper age limit is relaxable for Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes/Other Backward Classes and certain other categories of candidates to the extent specified in the Notice.


(b)                Educational Qualification:  Must have passed in the first or second division, the intermediate or an equivalent Examination of a University or Board approved by the Government of India with Mathematics and at least one of the subjects Physics and Chemistry as subjects of the examination.


For further details, please refer Para 3(III) of Commission’s Notice for Examination published in the Employment News/Rozgar Samachar.


(c)           Physical Standards: Candidates must be physically fit according to the Regulations given in Appendix-II of the Rules for the Special Class Railway Apprentices’ Examination, 2010 published in the Gazette of India dated 28th August, 2010.



Candidates, who wish to apply offline, must apply in the Common Application Form devised by the Commission for its examinations, which can be purchased from the designated Head Post Offices/Post Offices (specified in Appendix-III of the Notice published in the Employment News dated 28.08.2010) throughout the country against cash payment of Rs.20/- (Rupees Twenty only).  Each such Form can be used only once and only for one examination. In case of any difficulty in obtaining Application Forms from the designated POs the candidate should contact the concerned Post Master or UPSC “FORMS SUPPLY MONITORING CELL” over Telephone No.01123389366/Fax No.011-23387310.


                Candidates can also apply Online using the link  Detailed instructions for filling up online applications are available on the above mentioned Website.




(a)                Common Application Form


                All offline applications must reach the “Controller of Examination, Union Public Service Commission, Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi – 110069” either by hand or by Post/speed Post or by Courier, on or before the 27th September, 2010. However, in respect of candidates residing abroad or in certain remote areas , the last date for receipt of applications by Post/Speed Post only  is  October 4, 2010.


(b)           Online Applications can be filled up September 20, 2010 till 11.59 P.M. after which the link will be disabled.




                In case of any guidance/information/clarification regarding their applications, candidature etc. candidates can contact UPSC Facilitation Counter in its campus in person or over Telephone No.011-23385271/23381125/23098543 during working hours. Candidates can obtain details of the examination as well as information about results etc on Commission  website .

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