10 ஆகஸ்ட், 2012


Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)
North Block, New Delhi
Dated 31° July, 2012


Subject: Grant of Honorarium to Inquiry Officers (I0)/Presenting Officers (PO) - Consolidated instructions regarding

The undersigned is directed to say that the Department of Personnel and Training have
issued instructions vide NO 1344/99-AVD-I dated 29th June 2001 and 7th April 2003 on the subject of honorarium to the Inqui0 Officers and Presenting Officers covering the aspects of rates of honorarium, appointment of retired officers as Inquiry Officer, terms and conditions for payment of honorarium etc from time to time. The rates of honorarium payable to IO/P0 were last revised vide this Department's OM no 142/20/2008-AVD-I dated 27th July 2009. [Copy attached].

2. A Committee of Experts set up to review the procedure of Disciplinary/vigilance
inquiries and to recommend measures for their expeditious disposal under the chairmanship of P.0 Hota, former Chainman of UPSC in May 2010 had made a series of recommendations in July 2010 including the rates of honorarium The detailed recommendation of the expert committee is available on the website of this Department. It can be accessed through the Link.http://persmin.nic.in/DOPT/Publication/CommitteeReport/HotaCommitteeRevort/HotaComm itteeReport.pdf . The Committee had made specific recommendations as regards the rates of honorarium to IO/PO. The Recommendations of the Committee on the proposed increases in Honorarium relating to IO/P0 are contained in paras 37, 42-44 of the report of the Committee.

3. The recommendations of the Expert Committee on the aspect of revision of rates of
honorarium along with some other related measures were examined in the Department and was placed before the Group of Ministries on Corruption, set up for examining measures,1 including legislative and administrative, to tackle corruption and improve transparency. The / Group of Ministers while considering the Terms of Reference also considered the recommendations of the HOTA Committee and recommended that the remuneration of the IOs and POs may be fixed, keeping in mind the recommendations of the HOTA Committee. These recommendations of the GOM have been accepted by the Government.

4. It has therefore been decided to revise the existing rates of honorarium payable to
10/P0 in line with the recommendations of the Expert Committee. The revised rates of
Honorarium and other allowances payable to IO both serving and retired officers and
PO(serving) and the terms and conditions governing the same is indicated in Annexure -1 to this OM. The rates of Honorarium stated therein are ceilings and the concerned
ministry/department where the misconduct was committed may decide the exact quantum of honorarium to be paid keeping in mind the volume of work involved in specific cases and the terms and Conditions indicated in the Annexure -1.

5. The revised structure of rates of honorarium and allowances as indicated in Annexure- I are intended to be made applicable to Departmental Proceedings including inquiry proceedings undertaken by the committee on Sexual Harassment, by Ministries /Department in respect of officials /officers serving under different cadres of services under their administrative control. However, in case a cadre of a service or organizations such as autonomous bodies have a separate set of rules and instructions for regulating honorarium to IO/P0 in existence they may choose to continue with their own set of instructions. Fully or partially funded autonomous bodies may retain their own provisions so long as they are not more beneficial than what has been proposed in this OM.

 6. This orders will take effect from the date of issue of this OM and will also apply to all inquiries in progress.

7. The services of serving officers may be used as IO and PO to the extent possible in
the conduct of departmental inquiries. However, Central Vigilance Commission has been requested to create and maintain a panel of retired officers/officials willing to serve as JO for conducting departmental inquiries and for this purpose also design a procedure for inviting applications from the retired Government Servants to be followed by the Ministries and Departments. Till such time such a panel of retired officers become available from CVC, the concerned ministries /departments may, where it is not possible to use the services of a serving officer as Inquiry Officer for conducting departmental inquiries, use the services of officers who have retired from Ministries/Departments, for conducting such departmental inquiries.

8. This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure
vide their UO no.14(4)/2009-E-II(B) dated 26.3.2012 and 5.6.2012.

9. Hindi Version will follow.

(P.K. Ravi)
Under Secretary to the Government of India


 Revised Pattern and Syllabus for Examination to fill up the Posts of Postman and Mail Guard by Departmental promotion and direct recruitment


It has been decided with the approval of competent authority to revise  the pattern and syllabus for examination for filling up of the posts of Postman and Mail Guard by:
 (i)    Limited Departmental Competitive Examination for promotion from amongst Multi Tasking Staff
(ii)   Direct Recruitment from amongst Gramin Dak Sevaks
 (iii) Direct Recruitment from Open Market

2.     The revised pattern and syllabus for examination is indicated in the Annexure.
3.     It is requested that the revised pattern and syllabus for examination may be brought to the notice of all concerned.
4.     The date for holding the examination(s) will be communicated separately by DE Section.

Yours faithfully

(Alka Tewari)
Assistant Director General (SPN)


Pattern and Syllabus for Examination to fill up the Posts of Postman and  Mail Guard by promotion on the basis of Limited Departmental  Competitive Examination by promotion from amongst Multi Tasking Staff  and direct recruitment from amongst GDS and from Open Market

I. Candidates shall be subjected to an Aptitude Test of the level of 10th class/matriculation covering the following subjects/topics:
Total Marks-100

Part 'A' - 25 marks -25 questions on General Knowledge, Reasoning and Analytical Ability - Multiple Choice Questions

Part '8' - 25 marks -25 questions of Mathematics - Multiple Choice Questions

Part 'C' - (Two segments)
(i)              25 marks- English. language- Objective Type/Multiple Choice Questions
(ii)        25 marks -Regional language*- Objective Type/Multiple Choice Questions

* Where the regional language is also English the Part 'C' shall comprise  only one segment on English language of 50 marks, consisting of 50 questions of objective type/Multiple Choice Questions.


a.   Parts A and B- Minimum 10 marks for OC, 8 marks for SC/ST and 9 marks for OBC  candidates in each part.
b.   Part C (Two segments)- Minimum 10 marks for OC, 8 marks for  SC/ST and 9 marks for OBC* candidates in each segment.
c.   Part C (One segment of 50 marks)- Minimum 20 marks for OC, 16 marks for SC/ST and 18 marks for OBC* candidates.
d.   40% marks for OC, 33 marks for SC/ST and 37 marks for OBC*  candidates in aggregate

*Not applicable for filling up posts by Limited Departmental Competitive

Examination as there is no reservation for OBC employees while filling up posts by promotion.


Infosys bags Rs 700 crore deal from India Post

Dear Comrades,

BANGALORE: Infosys was selected by the India's Department of Post, for implementing core banking and insurance solutions in 150,000 post offices across the country, as well as installing ATMs. This project estimated at Rs 700 crore, aims to transform India Post into a technology-enabled autonomous entity.

Under this, Infosys will implement and manage its Finacle Core Banking and McCamish Insurance products. It will install around 1,000 ATMs for India Post along with an electronic content management system to manage millions of documents generated as part of India Post's financial operations.

It will also participate in designing, building, supplying, installing and commissioning hardware and software, data migration and deployment of the platforms and solutions across all identified post offices.

Infosys would also train more than 35,000 India Post employees across the country on the usage and deployment of the new platform and solutions.

A. S. Prasad, Deputy Director General, Financial Services, India Post said, "This transformational program is expected to enhance India Post's services, bringing us on par with the best in the banking industry; and will help us expand the reach and effectiveness of our operations through technology enablement of India Post employees." 

Economic Times