Saturday, March 30, 2019

Two days strike from 8th to th January, 2019 call given by FNPO & NFPE ,AIPEU-GDS and NUGDS in support of 23 points charter of demands & Replies from the Department

Reimbursement in respect of Newspapers purchased/supplied to officers at their residence-guidelines regarding.

Reviewing of Department of Posts Postman and Mail Guard(Group 'C') Recruitment Rules,2019-reg

Reviewing of Department of Posts(Multi Tasking Staff) Recruitment Rules,2019-reg

Transfer and posting in the grade of Dy.Manager,Mail Motor Service(Gazetted),General Central Service,Group 'B',Department of Posts.

Deputation of Shri Aakash Deep Chakravarti (IPoS-1994), PMG Hyderabad Region as Secretary, National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT)

MTS Recruitment Rules 2019.







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REVISION OF INTEREST RATES FOR SMALL SAVINGS SCHEME FROM 01.04.2019 TO 30.06.2019




AMENDMENT IN NPS FUND INVESTMENT GUIDELINES PFRDA CIRCULAR

  
PENSION FUND REGULATORY AND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
B-14/A, Chhatrapati Shivaji Bhawan,
Qutab Institutional Area,
Katwaria Sarai, New Delhi-110016.

Ph: 011-26517501, 26517503, 26133730
Fax: 011-26517507
Website : www.pfrda.org.in

CIRCULAR
PFRDA/2019/8/SUP-PF/2
Date: 25.03.2019
Subject: Amendment to the investment Guidelines (Applicable to Scheme CG, Scheme SG, Corporate CG and NPS Lite schemes of NPS and Atal Pension Yojana)

Reference is invited to the Investment Guidelines for NPS Schemes (Scheme CG, Scheme SG, Corporate CG and NPS Lite schemes of NPS and Atal Pension Yojana) dated 3rd June 2015 issued vide circular no. PERDA/2015/16/PFM/7, the Change in Investment guidelines for NPS schemes W.r.t. Investment in equity Mutual funds vide circular no. PERDA/2018/56/PF/2 dated 20th August 2018 and Revised rating criteria for investments under NPS Schemes vide circular No. PERDA/2018/02/PF/02 dated 08.05.2018. The changes hereunder shall apply only to Scheme CG, Scheme SG, Corporate CG and NPS Lite schemes of NPS and Atal Pension Yojana.

2. In order to provide flexibility to the Pension Funds to improve the scheme performance depending upon the market conditions, it has been decided to increase the cap on Government Securities & related investments and Short term debt instruments & related investments by 5% each.

3. The asset class wise revised caps on the various asset classes are as under:

Asset Class
Caps on Investments for composite schemes
Government Securities & related investments
Upto 55%
Debt Instruments & related investments
Upto 45%
Equity ‘& related investments
Upto 15%
Asset backed, trust structured etc.
                    Upto 5%
Short term debt instruments & related investments
Upto 10%

4.The other terms and conditions as mentioned in the circular PERDA/2015/16/PFM/7 dated 03.06.2015, circular no. PERDA/2018/56/PF/2 dated 20th August 2018 and circular No. PFRDA/2018/02/PF/02 dated 08.05.2018 shall remain the same.

5. This circular is issued in exercise of powers of the Authority under sub-clause (b) of the sub-section (2) of section 14 of Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority Act, 2013 read with regulation 14 and 43 of PFRDA (Pension Fund) Regulation, 2015.

6. This would be effective from 01.04.2019.

Venkateswarlu Peri

Reviewing of Department of Posts Postman and Mail Guard (Group 'C')Recruitment Rules, 2019- reg.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Team lead by Secretary General FNPO Shri T. N. Rahate met Member (P) on 28/03/2019.



 
Secretary General  shriT N Rahate ,  President of FNPO Shri N K Tyagi, , General Secretary 
NUGDS P.U.Muralidhar Dy.G/S N.N. Mujawar Meet to Respected Mr. P.K. Bisoi Member (P) 
,DDG (P) ,smt Manjukumar,DDG (SR & Lagal)Shri Sahindra dasora

Director SPN S N Das, and ADG GDS-PCC S.B.Vyavhare and explained the various  problems 
of the employees, mainly due to this.



1.Recruitment of postmen post though surplus candidate of GDS . Maharashtra circle

Reply - After examine the recruitment ruls-2012, will take decision.

 2. Engnore TBOP/BCR on 1.1.2006 and re fixation on 1.9.2008 order issued on 4.11.2013 but not implemented in so many circle.



Reply - Ones again Circulate clarification with all examples and compliance report will call form all Circles.



3. Provide door to door time factor to postmen establishment  norm's.(modified dil order dated 22.05.1979)

Reply - This issue is under process.



4. Considering of all reject  Relaxation cases of deceased GDS staff. Case of maharashtra circle



Reply - Instructions will issued to Maharashtra circle and compliance report will  call.



5. Discuss GDS issue..



A. Wages and allowance of GDS drawl of arrears from 1.1.2016



B. Grant Transfer to one post to any another GDS Post.

C. Leave encashment of 180 day's

D. Grant of educational allowance.

E. Bunching benefit to senior GDS.

F.  Group insurance 

G. Combine duty allowance to signal handed BPM.

H. Emergency leave sanctioning authority of bpm is change from divisional head to Sub divisional head.



6) some RMS  issues. also Discuss 


Details will publish in postal prakash/and Federal sentinar


Grant of one notional increment/pension benefits to retirees who retired on 30th June under CBIC -Ministry of Finance

Fax/Immediate
By Speed Post
F. No.A-26017/16/2019-Ad.IIA
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs
North Block, New Delhi,
Dated the 18th March, 2018.
To,
All Pr. Chief
Commissioners/Chief Commissioner of GST & Central Excise/Customs/Directors General under CBIC.
Subject:-Representation for grant of one notional increment/pension benefits to retirees those who retired on 30th June as per Hon’ble Madras High Court Order in WP No.15732 of 2017 in the case of Shri P. Iyyamperumal vs UOI and the Order of Hon’ble Supreme Court in SLP No.22283/2018 dated 23.07.2018 – regarding.
Sir/Madam,
I am directed to say that the above matter has been examined in the Board and after dismissal of SLP Dy. No.22283/2018 dated 23.07.2018, the matter was referred to DoP&T for their advice. DoP&T has advised to refer the matter to Department of Legal Affairs (DoLA) to explore the possibilities of review of the Hon’ble Supreme Court Order dated 23.07.2018 in the said SLP Dy. No.22238/2018. Hence, the matter has not attained finality as yet.
2. It is, therefore, informed that the final decision taken in the matter would be intimated in due course as and when the matter attains finality.
Yours faithfully,
(Nagendra Kumar)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Tele: 011-23095584.
Signed Copy

Revision of Pattern & syllabus for Limited Departmental competitive Examination for the post of Postmaster Grade - I.

Revision of Pattern & Syllabus for Limited Departmental Competitive Examination for the post of

Revision of Pattern & Syllabus for Limited Departmental Competitive Examination for the post of Inspector Posts

Persons with Benchmark Disabilities in posts/services under Central Government – FAQ


No.36035/02/2017-Estt (Res)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
*********
North Block, New Delhi
dated the 25 March, 2019
Subject: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on reservation to Persons with Benchmark Disabilities in posts/services under Central Government – reg.
This Department receives references from various Ministries/Departments seeking clarification on instructions with regard to reservation for Persons with Benchmark Disabilities issued vide OM of even number dated 15.1.2018; therefore, a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) have been answered as under for their use:
Q.1 Whether the reservation for Persons with Benchmark Disabilities are vacancy based or post based?
Answer: Reservation for. Persons with Benchmark Disabilities is vacancy based as per Section 34 of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016.
Q.2 What categories of specified disabilities are covered for reservation and what is the percentage allocation of reservation for each category of persons with benchmark disabilities?
Answer: As provided in Para .2 of the OM of even number dated 15.1.2018, categories of specified disabilities covered under reservation in posts and services of the Central Government vis-a-vis category wise percentage of reservation is as under:
(a) blindness and low vision; 1%
(b) deaf and hard of hearing; 1%
(c) locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy; 1%
(d) autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and mental illness; 1%
(e) multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses (a) to (d) including deaf-blindness,
Q.3 Whether the Persons with Benchmark Disabilities can apply against the posts, which are not identified suitable for Persons with Benchmark Disabilities?
Answer: Persons with Benchmark Disabilities can apply only against the posts identified suitable for the relevant category.
Q.4 Whether any priority has been given in selection to any category of
disability?
Answer: Priority has not been given in selection to any category of Persons with Benchmark disability.
Q.5 Whether a Benchmark Disability candidate can compete for appointment against an unreserved vacancies?
Answer: Yes, Benchmark Disability candidates can compete for appointment by direct recruitment against an unreserved vacancy if selected without relaxed standards along with other candidates for those posts/services which are identified suitable for them.
Q.6 Whether the vacancies which are to be earmarked reserved for Persons with Benchmark Disabilities is to be computed on the total number of vacancies in the cadre strength in identified categories of posts as well as unidentified categories of posts.
Answer: Yes, vacancies which are to be earmarked reserved for Persons with Benchmark Disabilities is to be computed on the total number of vacancies in the cadre strength in identified categories of posts as well as unidentified categories of posts. However, recruitment of persons with benchmark disabilities would only be against the category of posts identified suitable for them.
Q.7 Whether a separate roster is to be maintained for Persons with Benchmark Disabilities irrespective of the post based roster applicable for SC/ST/OBC?
Answer: Yes, every Central Government establishment shall maintain group-wise separate 100 point vacancy based reservation roster register in the prescribed format for determining/effecting reservation for the Persons with Benchmark Disabilities – one each for Group ‘A’ posts filled by direct recruitment, Group ‘B’ posts filled by direct recruitment and Group ‘C’ posts filled by direct recruitment.
Q.8 What to do with vacancies reserved for any particular category(s) of Persons with Benchmark Disabilities cannot be filled due to non-availability of a suitable candidate, or for any other sufficient reasons?
Answer: As per Section 34(2) of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, if in any recruitment year any vacancy cannot be filled up due to non-availability of a suitable person with benchmark disability or for any other sufficient reasons, such vacancy shall be carried forward in the succeeding recruitment year and if in the succeeding recruitment year also suitable person with benchmark disability is not available, it may first be filled by interchange among the five categories and only when there is no person with disability available for the post in that year, the employer shall fill up the vacancy by appointment of a person, other than .a person
with disability.
(G. Srinivasan)
Director (Res)
Tel. : 011-23093074
Signed Copy

Amendment in NPS Fund Investment Guidelines - PFRDA Circular

PENSION FUND REGULATORY AND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
B-14/A, Chhatrapati Shivaji Bhawan,
Qutab Institutional Area,
Katwaria Sarai, New Delhi-110016.

Ph: 011-26517501, 26517503, 26133730
Fax: 011-26517507
Website : www.pfrda.org.in

CIRCULAR

PFRDA/2019/8/SUP-PF/2
Date: 25.03.2019
Subject: Amendment to the investment Guidelines (Applicable to Scheme CG, Scheme SG, Corporate CG and NPS Lite schemes of NPS and Atal Pension Yojana)

Reference is invited to the Investment Guidelines for NPS Schemes (Scheme CG, Scheme SG, Corporate CG and NPS Lite schemes of NPS and Atal Pension Yojana) dated 3rd June 2015 issued vide circular no. PERDA/2015/16/PFM/7, the Change in Investment guidelines for NPS schemes W.r.t. Investment in equity Mutual funds vide circular no. PERDA/2018/56/PF/2 dated 20th August 2018 and Revised rating criteria for investments under NPS Schemes vide circular No. PERDA/2018/02/PF/02 dated 08.05.2018. The changes hereunder shall apply only to Scheme CG, Scheme SG, Corporate CG and NPS Lite schemes of NPS and Atal Pension Yojana.

In order to provide flexibility to the Pension Funds to improve the scheme performance depending upon the market conditions, it has been decided to increase the cap on Government Securities & related investments and Short term debt instruments & related investments by 5% each.

The asset class wise revised caps on the various asset classes are as under:

Asset Class Caps on Investments for composite schemes
Government Securities & related investments Upto 55%
Debt Instruments & related investments Upto 45%
Equity ‘& related investments Upto 15%
Asset backed, trust structured etc. Upto 5%
Short term debt instruments & related investments Upto 10%
4.The other terms and conditions as mentioned in the circular PERDA/2015/16/PFM/7 dated 03.06.2015, circular no. PERDA/2018/56/PF/2 dated 20th August 2018 and circular No. PFRDA/2018/02/PF/02 dated 08.05.2018 shall remain the same.

This circular is issued in exercise of powers of the Authority under sub-clause (b) of the sub-section (2) of section 14 of Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority Act, 2013 read with regulation 14 and 43 of PFRDA (Pension Fund) Regulation, 2015.

This would be effective from 01.04.2019.

Venkateswarlu Peri
(Chief General Manager)

FNPO delegation met Chairman Postal Services Board under the leadership T.N.Rahate, SG, FNPO

FNPO delegation consisting T.N.Rahate, SG, FNPO, N.K.Tyagi, President, FNPO, 
N.N.Mujawar, Dy G/S NUPE, CHQ, , met Secretary DOP, Member (Technology), Additional 
D.G., DDG(P), DDG (MM), DDG(SR&Legal), Director(SPN), and ADG(GDS-PCC) the 
following officers on 27.3.2019 discussed on the following issues.

1. Recrutment of postmen posts though surplus candidates of GDS,This issue will under active  consideration within rules. (Maharashtra circle)

2. As per new RR of Postman qualification required for GDS is 10+2 and Driving license hence we demanded 10th qualification for GDS who appointed prior new RR and give some period for submit the driving license , administration positively reacted to consider our request in the light of natural justice. Order will issued very shortly.

3. Rotational Transfers : stop the station tenure condition for Sorting Assistant cadre . In this regard submitted a detailed letter and Director (SPN) agreed to consider the same. 

4. Supply of monthly pay slip to all employees. Temporary agreed. 

5. We demanded for direct accounting of Mc-mish collections in CSI software to arrest the frauds – it will be solved soon. 



6. We demanded increase to LGO exam chances form 8 to10. adminstration agreed orders are issued after change of syllabus.

7. Increase the amount of  dress allowance ₹5000/- to ₹ 10000/-. Committee is formating for this issue,



Others details publish in federal sentinel,.postal prakash &RMS Sentinel

Proposal of Banking Financil services and insurance Council letter to all the Heads of the Circle .

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Monitoring delivery of the articles.

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Rate of Dearness Allowance applicable w..e.f 01.01.2019 to the employees of Central Government and Central Autonomous Bodies continuing to draw their pay in the pre'reviscd scales/Grade pay as per 6th& 5th Central Pay Commission

RAJASTAN CIRCLE NUPE P4 & NUGDS JOUNT CWC







D.A TO G.D.S

Sunday, March 24, 2019

TOUR PROGRAM OF SECRETARY GENERAL FNPO and GENERAL SECRETARY NUPE POSTMEN & MTS Gr-C

TOUR PROGRAM OF SECRETARY GENERAL FNPO and GENERAL SECRETARY NUPE POSTMEN & MTS Gr-C


25.03.2019- UDAYPUR  RAJASTAN CIRCLE NUPE P4 CWC ATTEND, 

    ALONG WITH DY GS SHRI N N MUJAWAR

26/03/2019 to 28/03/2019- IN DELHI FNPO  HQ and NUPEP4  (CHQ) 

ALONG WITH DY GS & ASG FNPO SHRI N N MUJAWAR

General election to 17th Lok Sabha, 2019 and State Legislative Assemblies of Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim 2019 - Media Coverage during the period referred to in Section 126 of RP Act, 1951.

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Election Commission
23-March-2019 19:28 IST
General election to 17th Lok Sabha, 2019 and State Legislative Assemblies of Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim 2019 - Media Coverage during the period referred to in Section 126 of RP Act, 1951.
            The Schedule for holding general election to the 17th Lok Sabha 2019 and Legislative Assemblies of Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim 2019 has been announced on 10th March, 2019.  Poll is scheduled to be held in multiple phases. Section 126 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, prohibits displaying any election matter by means, inter alia, of television or similar apparatus, during the period of 48 hours before the hour fixed for conclusion of poll in a constituency. The relevant portions of the said Section 126 are re-produced below:
(126. Prohibition of public meeting during period of forty-eight hours ending with hour fixed for conclusion ofpoll-
(1)        No person shall-
            (a).....................
(b) Display to the public any election matter by means of cinematograph, television or other similar apparatus;
            (c)........................
            In any polling area during the period of forty-eight hours ending with the   hour  fixed for the conclusion of the poll for any election in the polling area.
(2)        Any person who contravenes the provisions of sub-section (1) shall be   punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years,   or with fine, or with both.
(3)        In this Section, the expression “election mater” means any.matter intended or calculated to influence or affect the result of an election)
  1. During elections, there are sometimes allegations of violation of the provisions of the above Section 126 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 by TV channels in the telecast of their panel discussions/debates and other news and current affairs programmes. The Commission has clarified in the past that the said Section 126 prohibits displaying any election matter by means, inter alia, of television or similar apparatus, during the period of 48 hours ending with the hour fixed for conclusion of poll in a constituency. "Election matter" has been defined in that Section as any matter intended or calculated to influence or affect the result of an election. Violation of the aforesaid provisions of Section 126 is punishable with imprisonment upto a period of two years, or with fine or both.
  1. The Commission once again reiterates that the TV/Radio channels and cable networks/internet website/social media platforms should ensure that the contents of the programmes telecast/broadcast/ displayed by them during the period of 48 hours referred to in Section 126 do not contain any material, including views/appeals by panelists/participants that may be construed as promoting/ prejudicing the prospect of any particular party or candidate(s) or influencing/ affecting the result of the election. This shall, among other things include display of any opinion poll and of standard debates, analysis, visuals and sound-bytes.
  1. In this connection, attention is also invited to Section 126A of the R.P. Act 1951, which prohibits conduct of Exit poll and dissemination of its results during the period mentioned therein, i.e. the hour fixed for commencement of poll in the first phase and half an hour after the time fixed for close of poll for the last phase in all the States.
  1. During the period not covered by Section 126, concerned TV/Radio/Cable/FM channels/internet websites/Social Media platforms are free to approach the state/ district/ local authorities for necessary permission for conducting any broadcast/Telecast related events (other than exit polls) which must also conform to the provisions of the model code of conduct, the programme code laid down by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting under the Cable Network (Regulation)  Act  with  regard to decency,  maintenance  of communal  harmony,  etc.  All Internet websites and Social Media platforms must also comply with the provisions of The Information      Technology      Act,      2000     and      ECI     guidelines No-491/SM/2013/Communication, dt 25th October,2013, for all political content on their platform. As regards political advertisement, the same needs pre-certification by the Committees set up at State/District level as per the Commission's order  No. 509/75/2004/JS-I, dt 15th April,2004. 
6.   Attention of all print media is also drawn to the following guidelines issued    by Press Council of India to follow for observance during the election:
i.   It will be the duty of the Press to give objective reports about elections and the candidates.  The newspapers are not expected to indulge in unhealthy election campaigns, exaggerated reports about any candidate/party or incident during the elections.  In practice, two or three closely contesting candidates attract all the media attention. While reporting on the actual campaign, a newspaper may not leave out any important point raised by a candidate and make an attack on his or her opponent.
ii.  Election campaign along communal or caste lines is banned under the election rules. Hence, the Press should eschew reports, which tend to promote feelings of enmity or hatred between people on the ground of religion, race, caste, community orlanguage.
iii.  The Press should refrain from publishing false or critical statements in regard to the personal character and conduct of any candidate or in relation to the candidature or withdrawal of any candidate or his candidature, to prejudice the prospects of that candidate in the elections. The Press shall not publish unverified allegations against any candidate/party.
iv. The Press shall not accept any kind of inducement, financial or otherwise, to project a candidate/party. It shall not accept hospitality or other facilities offered to them by or on behalf of any candidate/party.
v.   The Press is not expected to indulge in canvassing of a particular candidate/party. If it does, it shall allow the right of reply to the other candidate/party.
vi. The Press shall not accept/publish any advertisement at the cost of public exchequer regarding achievements of a party/ governmentin power.
vii.  The Press shall observe all the directions/ orders/instructions of the Election Commission/Returning Officers or Chief Electoral Officer issued  from time to time.

7.         Attention of the electronic media is invited to the "Guidelines for Election  Broadcasts" issued by NBSA dt 3rd March, 2014.

i.  News broadcasters should endeavour to inform the public in an objective manner, about relevant electoral matters, political parties, candidates, campaign issues and voting processes as per rules and regulations laid down under The Representation of the People Act 1951 and by the Election Commission of India.
ii.   News channels shall disclose any political affiliations, either towards a party or candidate. Unless they publicly endorse or support a particular party or candidate, news broadcasters have a duty to be balanced and impartial, especially in their election reporting.
iii. News broadcasters must endeavour to avoid all forms of rumor, baseless speculation and disinformation, particularly when these concern specific political parties or candidates. Any candidate/political party, which has been     defamed or is a victim of misrepresentation, misinformation or other similar  injury  by broadcast of information should be afforded prompt correction,  and where appropriate granted an opportunity of reply.
iv.    News broadcasters must resist all political and financial pressures which may affect coverage of elections and election related matters.
v.    News broadcasters should maintain a clear distinction between editorial and expert opinion carried on their news channels.
vi.    News broadcasters that use video feed from political parties should disclose  it and appropriately tagged.
vii. Special care must be taken to ensure that every element of news/ programmes dealing with elections and election related matters is accurate on all facts relating to events, dates, places and quotes. If by mistake or inadvertence any inaccurate information is broadcast, the broadcaster must  correct it as soon as it comes to the broadcaster's notice with the same  prominence as was given to the original broadcast.
viii.     News broadcasters, their journalists and officials must not accept any money, or valuable gifts, or any favour that could influence or appear to  influence, create a conflict of interest or damage the credibility of the broadcaster or their personnel.
ix. News broadcasters must  not  broadcast  any  form  of  'hate  speech' or  other obnoxious content  that may lead  to incitement  of violence or      promote public unrest or disorder as election campaigning based  on   communal or caste factors is prohibited under Election Rules. News   broadcasters should strictly avoid reports which tend to promote feelings of  enmity or hatred among people, on the ground of religion, race, caste, community, region or language.
x.         News broadcasters are required to scrupulously maintain a distinction  between news and paid content.  All paid content should be clearly marked   as "Paid Advertisement" or "Paid Content”: and paid content must be  carried in compliance with the "Norms & Guidelines on Paid News" dated  24.11.2011 issued by NBA.
xi  Special care must be taken to report opinion polls accurately and fairly, by disclosing to viewers as to who commissioned, conducted and paid for the conduct of the opinion polls and the broadcast. If a news broadcaster  carries the results of an opinion poll or other election projection, it must   also explain the context, and the  scope and limits of such polls with their limitations. Broadcast of opinion polls should be accompanied by  information to assist viewers to understand the poll's significance, such as the methodology used, the sample size, the margin of error, the fieldwork dates, and data used. Broadcasters should also disclose how vote shares  are converted to seat shares.
xii.       The broadcasters shall not broadcast any "election matter" i.e. any matter intended or calculated to influence or affect the result of an election, durin  the 48 hours ending with the hours fixed for the conclusion of poll in  violation of Section     126(1)(b) of  the Representation of the People Act1951.
xiii.      The Election Commission of India (ECI) will monitor the broadcasts made by news broadcasters from the time elections are announced until the conclusion and announcement of election results. Any violation by  member broadcasters  reported to the News Broadcasting Standards   Authority  (NBSA) by the Election Commission will be dealt with by the NBSA under  its regulations.
xiv.      Broadcasters should, to the extent possible, carry voter education programmes to effectively inform voters about the voting process,  the  importance of voting, including how, when and where to vote, to register to   vote and the secrecy of theballot.
xv.   News broadcasters must not air any final, formal and definite results until such results are formally announced by the Election Commission of India,     unless such results are carried with clear disclaimer that they are unofficial or incomplete or partial results or projections which should not be taken as final results.

8.       Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) has also developed a “Voluntary Code of Ethics” for all the participating social media platforms to ensure free, fair & ethical usage of their platforms to maintain integrity of electoral process during the general elections to the Lok Sabha 2019 and Legislative Assemblies of four states and the bye-elections being held simultaneously. Attention of all concerned Social Media platforms is invited to the following text of “Voluntary Code of Ethics” dt 20th March, 2019:  
i.          Participants will endeavour to, where appropriate and keeping in mind  the principle of freedom of expression, deploy appropriate policies and  processes to facilitate access to information regarding electoral matters on their products and/ or services.
ii.         Participants will endeavour to voluntarily undertake information,    education and communication campaigns to build awareness including electoral laws and other related instructions. Participants will also  endeavour to impart training to the nodal officer at ECI on their    products/ services, including mechanism for sending requests as per procedure established by law.
iii.            Participants and the Election Commission of India (ECI) have developed a    notification mechanism by which the ECI can notify the relevant platforms of potential violations of Section 126 of the Representation of   the People Act, 1951 and other applicable electoral laws in accordance  with procedures established by law. These valid legal orders will be   acknowledged and/ or processed within 3 hours for violations reported  under Section 126 as per the Sinha Committee recommendations. All  other valid legal requests will be acted upon expeditiously by the   Participants, based on the nature of reported violation.
iv.        Participants are creating/opening a high priority dedicated reporting   mechanism for the ECI and appoint dedicated person(s) / teams during    the period of General Elections to interface with and to exchange feedback as may assist with taking expeditious action upon receipt of   such a lawful request, following due legal process, from the ECI.
v.         Participants will provide a mechanism for relevant political advertisers, in   accordance with their obligations under law, to submit pre-certificates   issued by ECI and/ or Media Certification & Monitoring Committee  (MCMC) of the ECI in relation to election advertisements that feature names of political parties, candidates for the 2019 General Elections.  Further, Participants shall expeditiously process/action paid political advertisements lawfully notified to Participants by the ECI that do not   feature such certification.
vi.        Participants will commit to facilitating transparency in paid political advertisements, including utilising their pre-existing labels/ disclosure   technology for such advertisements.
vii.       Participants will, pursuant to a valid request received from the ECI, via Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) provide an update on the measures taken by them to prevent abuse of their respective platforms.
viii.      IAMAI will coordinate with the Participants on the steps carried out under this Code and IAMAI as well as Participants will be in constant  communication with the ECI during the election period.
The above guidelines should be duly observed for compliance by all the concerned media.
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