Extension of Grant of Advance- Special Festival Package to all approved category of Gramin Dak Sevaks

Government of India
Ministry of Communications
Department of Posts
(GDS Section)

Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg
New Delhi-110001

Office Memorandum

Subject : Extension of Grant of Advance- Special Festival Package  to all approved category of Gramin Dak Sevaks.

The undersigned is directed to say that with a view to enable Gramin Dak Sevak to meet expenses relating to festivals and to encourage spending thereby giving a boost to economic activities, in pursuance of decision taken by the Department in consultation with AS & FA and Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance, it has been decided that a special festival package advance will be accorded to all approved category of Gramin Dak Sevaks for any important festivals upto 31st March, 2021:-

(i) Advance of Special Festival Package may be granted to a Gramin Dak Sevak if she’he fulfils the following conditions:-

(a) GDS should be is on duty and engaged regularly.

(b)The amount of package should not be granted to those GDSs who are going to discharge from engagement within 10 months from the date of sanction of advance.

(c) Provisionally engaged GDSs and substitute engaged against leave vacancy of GDS will not be entitled for this package

(d) GDS who are under Put Off duty disciplinary proceeding/cases are pending will not be entitled for this package.

(ii) Head of office may sanction this festival package on the eve of any important festival to GDS under his administration control. The term “important festival- is clarified as such festivals or one of such festivals as Head of Department may declare in respect of establishment under his/her administration control

(iii) The amount of package is Rs.5000/- to be paid as advance to Gramin Dak Sevak. This amount is interest free. The amount would be released through pre-loaded Rupay Card from SBI. DDOs, on receipt of application from GDS for this package may process and acquire the prepaid cards from SBI for issue among the applicants. A detailed SOP issued by Ministry of Finance, Department of expenditure vide their Olvl No. 12(2)/2020-E IIA .(Pt) dated 13th October, 2020 is enclosed for obtaining these pre-loaded Rupay cards with an amount of Rs 5000/- The amount paid under this package is recoverable in not more than ten (10) equally instalment

(iv) GDSs are outside of the Civil service of the Union and shall not claim to be at par with Central Government employees on grant / sanction of this Special Festival package.

(v) These order will take effect from the date of issuance of this Office Memorandum and will be in force during the current financial year till 31st March, 2021.

2 This issues has the concurrence of JEW vide their diary No.86 dated 20.01.2021.

(Dr. Vincent Barla)
Director (GDS/PCC)

F.No. 12(2)/2020-E.I1A(Pt.)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

North Block. New Delhi
Dated: 13th October. 2020

Office Memorandum

Sub: Grant of Advance — Special festival package to Govt. Servants.

The undersigned k directed to refer to this department’s OM of even number dated 12.10.2020 on the above mentioned subject and to say that the following SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) for disbursal of pre-paid UTSAV and will he followed by all DDOs 1-100s concerned:-

i. On receipt of application for grant of Special Festival Package advances. each DDO will advise the number of UTSAV Cards required by them and SB1 Branch details where the DDO account is maintained along with IFSC code. In case DDOs do not have an account in f-31 they have to identify. the nearest 5131 Branch and advise the name of the Branch and the IFSC code for the purpose of receiving the Cards.

ii. Each card will be of fixed denomination of Rs. 10,000/-.

iii. A SPOC detail at each IMX) level to be provided for better coordination. (e-mail ID and contact details of DDO and SPOC to he provided.

iv. All the above details (standard indent format for UTSAV Card is attached) to be mailed to [email protected] with a cops to [email protected] This  information needs to he sent as early as possible.

v. Based on the above indicative list. Card Procurement orders will be placed by SBI and UTSAV Cards delivery schedules (to SBI Branches) will be advised based on the indicative requirements provided.

vi. The envelope containing the individual Card & PIN w ill be made available at the identified Branches (where DDO’s accounts are maintained) as per schedule provided.

vii. The identified Branches will intimate the respective DDO about the receipt of the card. DDO will then provide the Branch Debit Authorisation /Cheque for the number of cards required along with the Standard Procurement Format. which will be shared with DDOs.

Viii. The duly filled in Standard Procurement Form (both in hard copy and soft copy ) needs to he provided to the Branch along with the debit authorization / Cheques from the DDOs. In case where the DDO does not maintain an account with SBI branch he has to provide a Bankers Cheque /Govt. Cheque drawn in favour of the SBI Branch identified by them earlier.

ix. Branch will issue / activate the above cards (as per the indent provide the DDO ) in Bank’s system against acknowledgement from the DDOs after realization of payment.

x. The DDO will take necessary precautions in safe handling of cards and distribution  identified persons.

xi. A nominal change of Rs.36 plus GST will he charged for each card and will he borne by the Ministry/ Department,

2.These orders will take effect from the date of issuance of this office Memorandum and will be in force during the current financial year i.e. 2020-21 only.

3. All the Ministries / Departments are requested to bring the contents or this OM to the notice of all its Attached and subordinate office for their information necessary action.

Deputy Secretary to the Government of India.

No. 12(2)/2020-E.II(A) (Pt)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

North Block, New Delhi
Dated 16th October,2020


Subject: Issuance of Pre-loaded Rupay Cards for Government Servants as part of Special Festival Package.

The undersigned is directed to invite attention to this Department’s OM. of even No. Dated 13th October 2020 wherein a guideline for Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) was issued for disbursal of pre-paid UTSAV Card.

2. In this regard it is stated that that Department of Financial Services vide their O.M. No. F. No. 29/3/2020-BO.II dated 14th October, 2020 has issued some guidelines need to be followed by DDOs and appointment of a Nodal Officer in each Ministry/Department for this purpose.  A copy of the same is enclosed for taking necessary action.

3. All Ministries Departments are requested to take necessary action for smooth implementation of Special Festival Package on immediate basis.

(Sunil Kumar)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Encl: As above

F.No. 29/3/2020-B0.II
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Financial Services

Jeevan Deep Building, New Delhi
Date: 14th October. 2020


Subject: Issuance of Pre-loaded Rupay Cards for Government Servants as part of Special Festival Package.

This is with reference to the Department of Expenditure’s (DOE)’s OMs No 12(2)/2020-Ell (A) dated 12.10.2020 and 13.10.2020 to all Ministries / Departments of the Government on the subject captioned above (copy enclosed). In this regard, DOE is further requested that all Ministries / Departments may kindly also be instructed as follows.

a) All the DDOs may be instructed that the data in the format required by SBI may be sent to SBI as soon as possible, since the processing, generation and pirating of cards will take time, as was already indicated through the flowcharts indicating the steps in the card manufacturing and card delivery processes. Therefore, the indent for the cards (including the tentative number of cards expected to be applied for may be given by the respective ODOs to SBI immediately.

b) Since the cards and the PINs have to be made available at the concerned branches, the details sought from DDOs regarding their names, email addresses, mobile numbers, and the respective SBI branches where they are maintaining accounts / nearest SBI branch, is required to be sent to SBI by the end of this week positively for enabling SBI to map the link branches and arrange delivery logistics.

c) The DDOs may also be instructed that the names and mobile numbers of the respective staff to whom the festival advance has been is being sanctioned may  also be provided to SBI, because in the absence of this, e-commerce will be difficult to carry out later as OTP is required to be sent to the mobile number of the card user This instruction has not been emphasized in DOE’s OM dated 13.10.2020, and may kindly be stressed upon.

d) Each Ministry /Department may be asked to nominate a Nodal Officer for this purpose, who will coordinate in this regard within his / her own Department. The names and telephone details of Nodal Officers may be communicated to SBI urgently.

e) The nodal officer from SBI is Ms. Vidya Krishnan, CGM (D&TB P&O), State Bank of India, Corporate Centre, Mittal Tower, Nariman Point, Mumbai – 400 021 (Tel: 022-22835512). All communications to SRI may necessarily be marked to [email protected] , [email protected] and  [email protected] in

2. It is requested that necessary directions may kindly be issued by DOE for smooth implementation.

(Raghav Bhatt)
Deputy Director

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