Saturday, July 31, 2010

As per AICPI Report 10% increase will be in Dearness Allowance w.e.f. July, 2010

Dear Comrades,

As per calculation based on the All India Consumer Price Index number for (Industrial Workers) (Base 2001=100) for the month from June, 2009 to June 2010 as announced by Statistics Department, Labour, Government of India, the following table describes how the Dearness Allowance comes to effect. According to the said Index the AICPI for the month of June is 174, hence there may be an increase of 10% in the Dearness Allowance with effect from July, 2010 onwards.

Jun  2009     153    27.78                      Jul   2009     160    29.00

Aug  2009    162    30.23                      Sep  2009     163     31.45

Oct  2009     165   32.67                      Nov 2009      168     34.11

Dec 2009     169    35.70                      Jan  2010      172     37.43

Feb  2010    170    39.01                      Mar 2010     170     40.59

Apr  2010    170    42.03                      May 2010     172     43.54

                         Jun  2010    174    45.06

Information collected from the Labour Bureau of India.

Retirement of Shri Dayalu Nag

Dear Comrades,

Shri Dayalu Nag, Staff Driver, O/o the SSPOs, Koraput Division retired on superannuation on 31.07.2010 after serving 36 years of service to the Department. A farewell meeting was organised in the office of the SSPOs on 30.07.2010 for wishing him all the good things to happen in his retirement life. Our union wishes him a happy retirement life.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Filling up of the posts of Postal Assistant/ Sorting Assistant by Direct Recruitment

Dear Comrades,
Department of Posts has decided that the direct recruitment vacancies of the year 2009 and existing as well as firm anticipated vacancies of the year 2010 may be filled up by direct recruitment. At least now we can hope that we may be relaxed little more from he existing staff shortage.

Government of India
Ministry of Communication & IT
(Department of Posts)

                                                                                    Dak Bhavan, Sansad Marg,
                                                                         New Delhi -110001
                                                                            Dated 22nd July, 2010

Subject: - Filling up of the posts of Postal Assistant/ Sorting Assistant by Direct Recruitment.


            I am directed to refer to this Department’s letter No 60-16/2009-SPB-1 dt. 12.11.2009 on the above subject and to say that the matter regarding filling up of the posts of Postal Assistant/Sorting Assistant pertaining to the years 2009 has been reviewed and it has been decided that the direct recruitment vacancies of the year 2009 and existing as well as firm anticipated vacancies of the year 2010 may be filled up by direct recruitment as per the existing instructions issued vide this Department’s letter No 51-2/2003-SPB-1 dated 10.11.2004. It may please be ensured that the recruitment process is finalized and results declared by 16th December 2010.

2.        In order to finalize the recruitment process by the said target date all are requested to ensure that following steps leading to the selection of the candidates are taken/completed not later than the dates indicated against each:
  1. Advertisement/Circulation of vacancies for the years 2009 and 2010 20th August, 2010
  2. Last date for receipt of the applications 05th October, 2010
  3. Holding of written examination and completion of computer test 14th November, 2010
  4. Declaration of final result/Select list 16th December, 2010
    • If any circle so desires it may continue to follow the system of holding the computer test after or before holding the written/aptitude test but it must be ensured that the process of holding of written examination and computer test is completed by 14th November, 2010 and the time limit prescribed for declaration of final result is strictly adhered to.

3.         The receipt of this letter may please be acknowledged.
Yours faithfully
Tel No. 23096092

Retirement of Com. Krushna Ch Nayak, GDSMD-II, Semiliguda SO

Dear Comrades,

Com. Krushna Chandra Nayak, GDSMD-II, Semiliguda S.O. is retiring from service on superannuation on 31.07.2010. To wish him goodluck for his retirement life, the employees under Semiliguda SO, it's BOs and from neighbourer SOs have organised a farewell meeting. Com. P C Maharana, Com. Nilambar Naik, Com. Rajendra Prasad Sahu attended the farewell alongwith Com. N Biswas, Com. Sujit Panda. Com. Kumar Swain and many others. On behalf AIPEU Koraput Divisional Branch we wish him a happy retirement life. Here are some pics taken during the occasion.

Cadre Restructuring of Group-'C' Employees

Dear Comrades,

Department of Posts has sent a letter to NFPE, CHQ, New Delhi and the Federations stating that it would constitute a committee to consider cadre restructuring of Gr.`C’ employees. The committee will consist of three representatives from the staff side and three from the official side. Further it is stated that after receipt of letter from staff side a formal order will be issued by the Dept. to constitute the committee.

Source: All India RMS & MMS Union.

Expert Committee Report on Harnessing the India Post Network for Financial Inclusion

Dear Comrades,

IndiaPost jointly with the Department of Financial Services, Department of Economic Affairs and Invest India Economic Foundation (IIEF) had constituted an Expert Committee on Harnessing the India Post Network for Financial Inclusion. Now the said committee has submitted it's report on execution on several aspects of providing business by IndiaPost to the wide range of consumers who do not have link to the banking mechanism of our country.

The following summarized recommendations have been submitted by the Expert Committee.


Recommendation 1: India Post should deliver lightweight, lowcost bank accounts to all Indian citizens and especially to the financially excluded population.


Recommendation 2: India Post should look for ways to leverage its low cost platform by providing India Post branded accounts to other strategic partners, such as MFIs, Mutual fund and insurance companies, and telecom operators.

Recommendation 3: India Post should apply itself towards the challenge of achieving high volumes of moneyorders where payments of as little as Rs.10 are achieved at a charge of less than Rs.0.1 while requiring no subsidy from the exchequer.

Recommendation 4: India Post should evolve the moneyorder to become a mechanism for transferring money from one POSB account to another, instead of just being a mechanism for delivering cash from one person to another.

Recommendation 5: India Post must build a payments infrastructure, through an array of contracts with partners, connecting up all POSB accounts and accounts of its partners, to effectively become a person to person moneyorder capability (through mobile phones or web browsers) for a large swathe of India.

Recommendation 6: India Post must elicit a large number of partners in terms of financial inclusion players, mobile service providers and innovative new technological choices in order to increase the size of the network.

Recommendation 7: India Post must work closely with a diverse array of government agencies so that their G2P payments requirements are met through a combination of POSB accounts held by citizens and money orders delivered by government to those POSB accounts. The Ministry of Finance must work with India Post in rapidly rolling out this platform and network, given its important implications for direct, targeted delivery of government subsidies.

Recommendation 8: India Post should play a role in the emergency credit aspect of financial inclusion, through a platformbuilding approach where private lenders deliver credit to the poor through a competitive framework.

Recommendation 9: India Post should request the addition of its financial inclusion project into the Terms of Reference of the recently announced Technology Advisory Group for Unique Projects, and the leadership team of the India Post financial inclusion project should closely engage in the work of this Group, so as to bring in the best practices for project management.

Recommendation 10: The role of the Post Office Savings Bank as an agent of the Ministry of Finance should be revisited and expanded to enable India Post to play a larger, direct role in financial inclusion and build appropriate enabling architecture.

Combined Duty Allowance to Gramin Dak Sevaks employees who perform the duties of Gramin Dak Sevaks Branch Postmasters in addition to their own duties.

Dear Comrades,

Department of Posts while clarifying to the CPMG, UP Circle has explained the details of Combined Duty Allowance to Gramin Dak Sevaks employees who perform the duties of Gramin Dak Sevaks Branch Postmasters in addition to their own duties.

Government of India
Ministry of Communications & IT
Department of Posts
(Establishment Division)

Dak Bhawan, Parliament Street
New Delhi-110001
Dated 15-07-2010

The Chief Postmaster General
UP Circle, Lucknow—226001

Sub: Combined Duty Allowance to Gramin Dak Sevaks employees who perform the duties of Gramin Dak Sevaks Branch Postmasters in addition to their own duties.


I am directed to refer to your letter no.Estt/M-377/34/GDS/Corr./2009/1 dated 24-06-2010, on the above mentioned subject.

2. The issue has been examined. DG Posts letter no.14-11/1988-PAP dated 16-07-1990 provided for payment of Rs.50 as combined duty allowance to GDS MD/MC who perform the work of EDBPM in addition to their normal charge of duties. It was also clarified that, GDS Mail Deliverer/Mail Carrier are not eligible for this Combined Duty Allowance if they perform duties other than that of GDS BPMs

3. As per the recommendations of One—man Committee and approved by the government, the GDS MD/MC attached with the addition duty of another Gramin Dak Sevak, revised rate of allowance will be at the rate of Rs.25 per day subject to a maximum of Rs.625 per month. Accordingly, the Mail Deliverer/Mail Carrier entrusted with the duties of BPMs in addition to their own work, are eligible for this additional remuneration as compensation. However, they will not be eligible for any Combined Duty Allowance which is now paid to Branch Postmasters towards delivery and conveyance work

To cite an illustration, if a Branch Post Office has one BPM and one GDS MD/MC on its establishment. In the event of GDS MD/MC performing the duties of Branch Postmasters in addition to his own, he will be eligible for a compensation of Rs.25 per day subject to a maximum of Rs.625 per month in addition to his normal Time Related Continuity Allowance. However, he will not be eligible for further Combined Duty Allowance paid to Branch Postmasters.

4. This issues with the approval of DDG(Establishment).

Yours faithfully
(K Rameswara Rao)
Assistant Director General (Estt.)

Limited transfer facility to Gramin Dak Sevaks.

Dear Comrades,

Department of Posts vide below produced order has clarified the existing guidelines in connection with limited transfer facility to Gramin Dak Sevaks. 

File No. 19-10/2004-GDS (part)
Government of India
Ministry of Communications & IT
Department of Posts
(Establishment Division)

Dak Bhawan, Parliament Street,
New Delhi-110001, Dated 21-07-2010

All Chief Postmaster General
Postmaster General

Sub: Limited transfer facility to Gramin Dak Sevaks.


I am directed to refer to this office letter no. of even dt 17-7-2006 on the above mentioned subject.

2. One-men Committee with Shri R.S. Nataraja Murti as Chairman, for examining Gramin Dak Sevaks system, studied the above issue and made recommendations in para 16.12.1 of the report.

3. The recommendations of the Committee were examined by the Department and after a careful consideration, the Competent Authority has ordered the following:

(i) All the five grounds stipulated for allowing the Transfer of Gramin Dak Sevak in para 2 of letter no. 19-10/2004-GDS dt. 17-7.2006 will be retained. The transfer facility can be availed by Gramin Dak Sevaks only once in whole career. However, an exception has been made for women Gramin Dak Sevaks, who availed the transfer facility on the ground of extreme hardship due to a disease and for medical attention/treatment before their marriage, can avail the facility for a second time in the event of their marriage/remarriage.

(ii) Past service of Gramin Dak Sevaks will be counted for the eligibility for appearing in the Departmental Examinations and for Ex-gratia gratuity and will rank junior in the seniority list of new unit.

(iii) However on transfer to a new post, the Gramin Dak Sevaks cannot have any claim for protection in their Time Related continuity Allowance drawn in the old Post. His/her Time Related Continuity Allowance will be fixed at the minimum of the Time Related Continuity Allowance slab of the transferred post, depending upon the work load of the aid post. In the case of Mail carrier/ Mail deliverer/packer, the work load has to be assessed on cycle beat. The transfer has to be approved only if the Gramin Dak Sevkas is willing for the new post, and an undertaking to the effect has be obtained and kept on record. This condition is provided to prevent the misuse of the limited transfer facility so that it can be availed only by those who genuinely need it.

4. All the other conditions laid down in letter no. 19-10/2004-GDS dt. 17.7.2006 will continue to apply.

5. The Heads of circle are requested to keep the above modifications in view while deciding the cases of transfer application of Gramin Dak Sevaks.

6. The contents may be communicated to all concerned for wide circulation amongst the Gramin Dak Sevaks in vernacular understanding.

7. This issues with the approval of Secretary (Posts)

Yours faithfully,

(K. Rameswara Rao)
Assistant Director General (Estt)

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Cadre Restructuring of Central Secretariat Service

Dear Comrades,

The Government had set up a Committee on Cadre Restructuring of Central Secretariat Service (CSS) in June, 2008 of which the said committee submitted its report in November, 2008 and according to the report the following decisions have been taken by the Government for Cadre Restructuring vide the below produced OM:-


No. 19/1/2008-CS.I(P)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. & Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)

2nd Floor, Loknayak Bhawan,
New Delhi, dated the 20' July, 2010.


Subject: Cadre Restructuring of Central Secretariat Services (CSS)-regd.

The Government had set up a Committee on Cadre Restructuring of Central Secretariat Service (CSS) in June, 2008. The Committee submitted its report in November, 2008. The Report of the Committee has been considered by the Government and, inter-alia, following decisions have been taken:

(i) CSS officers who are empanelled as Joint Secretaries, will be given in-situ promotion as Joint Secretaries in SAG grade at their current place of posting, till they are placed under Central Staffing Scheme, with such in-situ promotions restricted to 40 in number.

(ii) Fixing the combined strength of Joint Secretary (in-situ), Directors and Deputy Secretary of CSS at 600, with inter se flexibility subject to a ceiling of 40 posts for Joint Secretary (in-situ) and 220 posts at the Director level.

(iii) Net increase of 160 posts at DS/Director level in CSS will come from diversion of posts from the Central Staffing Scheme. Identification of posts so diverted to be done in such a manner that there is no concentration of posts in any Ministry;

(iv) Reduction of non-CSS posts by 160 at the DS/Director levels under the Central Staffing Scheme in various Ministries.

(v) Upgradation of 1467 posts of UDCs to Assistant's Grade of CSS.

(vi) The next Cadre restructuring may be undertaken after 3 years from date of implementation of the above recommendations.

2. Necessary notification relating to amendments to the CSS rules will be issued separately.

Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of India
Tel: 24629411

Issue of instructions on Reservation for the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes in services under the Government of India.

Dear Comrades,

Suggestions on Reservation for the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes in services under the Central Government may be sent upto the extended time 25.08.2010.


No.36011/6/2010-Estt. (Res.)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel,
Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training

Dated the 26th July. 2010.

Subject:- Issue of instructions on Reservation for the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes in services under the Government of India.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department's O.M. of even number dated 25/6/2010 whereby a draft O.M. containing consolidated instructions on Reservation for the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes in services under the Central Government was posted on this Department's website for soliciting suggestions thereon by 12.7.2010. Several letters have been received requesting to extend the date for sending suggestions and comments. The matter has been considered and it has been decided to extend the time period for sending comments upto 25.8.2010.

2. All concerned are informed that comments and suggestions on the draft OM, if any, may be sent to the undersigned by 25.8.2010 positively.

(KG. Verma)
Tele: 23092 158.

North Block, New Delhi- 110001

Undertaking Form for GDS Employees

Dear Comrades,

The GDS employees can take the following print out for submitting their undertaking before getting their 60% arrear payment.

Government of India
Ministry of Communications & IT
Department of Posts
(Establishment Division)


I, __________________________________________________________ Gramin Dak Sevak Sub Postmaster / Branch Postmaster/Mail deliverer/Stamp Vendor/Mail Packer/Mail Man/Mail carrier (*) hereby undertake that any excess payment that may be found to have been made as a result of incorrect fixation at Time Related Continuity allowance or any excess payment detected in the light of discrepancies noticed subsequently will be refunded by me to the government either by adjustment against future payments due to me or otherwise.

Place:                      Signature : _________________________________

Date:                       Name (In Block Letters) : _____________________

                                Branch Office /Sub Office: ____________________

                                Head Office: _______________, Division/Sub-Division:____________

Friday, July 23, 2010

Implementation of 3rd MACP to our employees of Koraput Division

Dear Comrades,

The 3rd financial upgradation under MACP applicable to the following employees of our Division has been implemented vide the below produced order of the SSPOs, Koraput Division.


Dear Comrades,

The following pictures has been taken during the VIth Bi-ennial Circle Conference held at Balasore from 17.07.2010 to 19.07.2010.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Bi-ennial Circle Conference

Dear Comrades,

The Bi-ennial Circle Conference of AIPEU Group-'C' was held at Balasore during the period from 17.07.2010 to 19.07.2010 successfully. Com. Purna Chandra Maharana, Divisional Secretary alongwith Com. Rajesh Raypalli, Asst. Circle Secy, Com. P Suresh Kumar and Com. Rajib Tripathy attended the said circle conference. 

President of the newly elected office bearer is Com. K C Patnaik. Com. R C Mishra is the Circle Secretary and Com. B P Das is the treasurer. Congratulations to the new team.

Com. Rajesh Raypalli and Com. P Suresh Kumar have been elected as Assistant Circle Secretary and Organising Circle Secretary, Orissa Circle Branch respectively. Congratulations to both of them. 


Introduction of 'Remotely Managed Franking System'.

Dear Comrades,

Our department is going to introduce remotely managed franking machine. The characteristic features are as follows:-

1. It has been decided to introduce Remotely Managed Franking Machines in place of Electronic Franking Machines with effect from 16.8.2010 based on new technology with security features like generation of 2D barcode with frank impression and elimination of human Intervention for uploading the credit in franking machines. While the Standard Operating Procedure which contains a detailed set of instructions is being circulated separately and should be carefully gone through by all concerned, a few salient features of "Remotely Managed Franking System" are as follows ;-

(i) Only India Specific models of Franking Machines with inkjet printing technology approved by the Directorate will be used. Each franking machine shall have a unique number in the format X123456 where 'X' denotes the initials of the original Equipment Manufacturer i.e. ' F' for Francotyp Postalia, 'N' for Neopost and 'P' for Pitney Bowes and six numeric digits indicate serial number of the machine.

(ii) Funds are secured through a special device known as Postal Security Device (PSD) which is not open to repair. There is no requirement of mechanical seals on franking machines.

(iii) The amount for uploading the credit in the franking machines may be deposited in any branch of State Bank of India through net banking or at any post office having e-payment facility through cash/account payee cheque/draft: Information of credits will be routed to the central server of the Department of Posts daily.

(iv) Each manufacturer of franking machines will have its own centrally located "Remotely Managed Franking Server" In India catering to the network of all its franking machines installed throughout India. All RMFs server will dial Department of Posts server three times every day for exchanging information on funds deposited, funds downloaded and uploading of reports etc in respect of their franking machines.

(v) The credit will be uploaded in Franking machine on its dialing to RMFs sever for the purpose. Meters will be set/reset automatically without any human intervention. The credit can be uploaded only if the same is available with RJYlFS server.

(vi) Each machine have to necessarily dial its RMFS sever at least once in thirty days even if no uploading of credit Is required otherwise machines will be automatically blocked and will function only after dialing RMFS sever.

(vii) licenses will be issued/renewed for a period of five years on payment of the prescribed fee of Rs.375/-

(viii) Frank impression shall be in blue color and will indicate class of article, pin code, authentication code, date of frank, mail item number, license identifier number, frank value and 20 bar code.

(ix) 20 bar code will have important information encoded therein viz ascending and descending meter readings class of article, number of items, pin code number value of frank and license identifier number. 20 bar code can be scanned to check the genuineness of the frank impression.

(x) Facility for suspension/cancellation of license will be available and machines will not be operational during this period.

(2) Operating procedure for Remotely Managed Franking Machine and list of approved models of franking machines will be supplied separately for necessary action.

(3) Migration plan for phasing out the electronic franking machines to be replaced by Remotely Managed Franking System is as follows :-

(i) The Scheme will be introduced with effect from 16.8.2010. not be renewed with immediate effect. However, such machines will be allowed to be used till expiry of their current licenses.

(iii) Licences of Electronic Franking Machines which are less than 5 years old may be renewed till completion of a period of 5 years from the dates of issue of licenses first time or up to 30-6-2013, which ever is earlier.

(iv) No application of License to new Electronic Franking Machines will be entertained from the date of issue of this letter .

(v) No Electronic Franking Machine of old models shall be allowed to operate after 30-6-2013. Articles franked by such machines shall not be accepted after 30-6-2013 .
(No Electronic Franking Machines will be bought or hired by the Department with immediate effect. Electronic Franking Machines hired by the Department will be allowed to operate till expiry of their current contracts.

4. This may be brought into the notice of all concerned for information and necessary action.

This has been issued with the approval of Member (Planning)·

Please acknowledge the receipt.
(Niraj Kumar)
Director (PO&I)

Saturday, July 17, 2010

New Symbol of Indian Currency

Dear Comrades,

India after such a long wait has got new symbol for  it's currency. After approval the Rupee will be fifth symbol of currencies in the international club of Dollar, Pound, Euro and Yen. The symbol is comprising of 'Ra' Devnagri Letter and 'R' Roman Letter representing both Indian ethics and International standards.

The Symbol of Indian Rupee approved by the Union Cabinet on 15th July, 2010. The Design for the symbol was submitted by Shri D Udaya Kumar.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Payment of ex-gratia lump sum compensation to families of Central Govt. Employees - modification regarding.

Dear Comrades,

Govt. of India has made some modification while implementing it's decision on the recommendation of the Sixth CPCRevision of provisions regulating special benefits in the cases of Death and Disability in service - the lumpsum compensation for ex-gratia to the families of Central Govt. Employees. The details of the said OM is reproduced below:-

No.4517/2008-P&PW (F)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi-II 0003

Dated 12th July, 2010 


Subject:- Implementation of the Government's decision on the recommendation of the Sixth CPCRevision of provisions regulating special benefits in the cases of Death and Disability in service - payment of ex-gratia lump sum compensation to families of central Govt. employees - modification - regarding.

The undersigned is directed to say that in this Department's Office Memorandum of even number dated 16th March, 2009, it was provided that ex-gratia lump sum compensation to the families of deceased Government servants including from sundry Government sources, such as the Prime Minister's Relief Fund, Chief Minister's Relief Fund, etc. should not exceed the aggregate of Rs. 20 lakhs in each individual case. Para 12 of Annexe to this Department's OM 45/55/97-P&PW(C) dated 11th September, 1998 was modified to that extent.

2. The matter has been further reviewed and it has now been decided that there will be no ceiling
for grant of ex-gratia lump sum compensation in terms of Department of Pension & Pensioners' Welfare's OM No. OM 45/55/97-P&PW(C) dated 11th September, 1998 read with OM NO.38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 2nd September, 2008 and OM No.4517/2008-P&PW (F) dated 16th March, 2009.

3. The above revised provision will be effective from 1.1.2006.

4. All other terms and conditions in the a.M. dated 11th September, 1998 shall remain unchanged.

5. This issues with the concurrence of the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure U.O. No. 361/EV/2010 dated 4th June, 2010

6. In so far as persons serving in the Indian Audit & Accounts Department, these orders issue after consultation with the Comptroller & Auditor General of India.

Tripti P Ghosh
Director PP

Release of new Stamp on Rathayatra

Dear Comrades,

Department of Posts has released a new stamp on Holy Rathayatra which is being held Puri, Odisha.

Clarification regarding re-imbursement of LTC-80 fare on Air Travel.

Dear Comrades,

DoPT has clarified regarding re-imbursement of LTC-80 Fare vide the undermentioned OM.

Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
E-IV Branch
New Delhi, the 15th July, 2010
Office Memorandum

Subject:   Clarification regarding re-imbursement of LTC-80 fare.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department's OM No.7(1)/E.Coord/2008 dated 4-12-2008 wherein Air India's LTC 80 scheme was introduced from 1st December, 2008, for LTC travelers entitled to travel by air. A number of references from different Government Departments/offices have been received in this Ministry seeking clarification whether the prevailing fare on the date of booking of LTC-80 tickets is to be reimbursed or claim is to be restricted to Air India's LTC 80 fare as on 1st December 2008.

2. The matter has been considered in this Ministry and it is clarified that the fare paid on the date of booking of ticket under LTC 80 scheme of Air India may be reimbursed.

(Karan Singh)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

Celebration of Rathayatra- at Jeypore

Dear Comrades,

The holy Rathayatra festival of Lord Jagannath is being celebrated at Jeypore 14.07.2010 onwards. Here are some pics.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Minutes of the Meeting held between Staff side and Administration side held on 12.07.2010

Dear Comrades,

The minutes of the meeting  held on 12.07.2010 between Department and staff side to consider Charter of Demands given by the Staff side along with notice of indefinite strike w.e.f. 13.07.2010 is reproduced below as submitted by NFPE CHQ.

Meeting was held under the chairpersonship of Secretary (P), in which the following were present:

Official Side
1. Shri P.K. Gopinath, Member Postal Services Board
2. Ms. Kalpana Tiwari, CGM (MB&O)
3. Ms. Suneeta Trivedi, CGM(BD &M)
5. Shri A.K. Sharma, DDG (Estt)
6. Shri Shri Salim Haque, DDG (P)
7. Shri Y.P. Rai, DDG (RB)
8. Shri P.K. Sinha, DDG (PAF)
9. Shri N.K. Tyagi, CE (Civil)
10. Shri Subhash Chander, Director (SR & Legal)

Staff Side
1. Shri D. Theagarajan, Secretary General, FNPO.
2. Shri R.N. Parashar, Asstt. Secretary General, NFPE.
3. Shri K.V. Sridharan, General Secretary, AIPE Union Class. III
4. Shri D. Kishan Rao, General Secretary, NAPE Group ‘C’.
7. Shri Giri Raj Singh, General Secretary, AI RMS&MMS EU Group ‘C’.
5. Shri Ishwar Singh Dabas, General Secretary, AIPEU Postmen & MSE/Group ‘D’
6. Shri T.N. Rahate, General Secretary, NUPE Postmen & Gr ‘D’
8. Shri P Suresh, General Secretary, AIRMS & MMS Employees Union, Mailguard and Multi Skilled employees
9. Shri A. H. Siddique, General Secretary, NU RMS & MMS Employees, Mail Guards and Multi-skilled Employees.
10. Shri Pranab Bhattacharjee, General Secretary, Admn (NFPE).
11. Shri O.P. Khanna, General Secretary, Admn (FNPO)
12. Shri P. Rajanayagam, General Secretary, AIPAEA.
13. Shri S.S. Mahadevaiah, General Secretary, AIPEDEU
14. Shri P.U. Muralidharan, General Secretary, NUGDS.

The action points emerging out of discussions are as follows:

Item No. 1
(a) Roll back steps of privatization of Speed Post processing, mail conveyance and data entry work.

The Chairperson made it clear that in case of bulk Speed Post articles and where there is shortage of staff, outsourcing is being done so as to ensure fast movement of articles. However, there is no such policy of the Government either in case of Speed Post articles or for other accountable articles. In the context of Staff Side reference about anti-social elements dealing with the Speed Post articles, an enquiry will be made in this regard.

(b) Cancel the order for downgradation of EDSOs to EDBOs and closure of EDBOs.

Necessary clarification on the demand of the Staff Side about drawal of increments in case of downgradation of EDSOs to EDBOs will be issued. A presentation will be arranged by Technology Branch for the Staff side to demonstrate all the technological developments that are taking place especially in the context of functioning of EDSOS/EDBOS.

(c) Cancel the decision to close down “C” Class Post Offices.

The Staff Side was informed that no such order has been issued by the Department. They were further explained that the policy of the Department was to relocate Post Offices to new areas/townships which are growing. The idea is to rationalize to meet emerging needs. Suitable instructions, in this regard, will be issued to all Heads of Circles.

(d) Outsourcing of mail conveyance.

Purchase of departmental vehicles for conveyance of mail will be pursued.

Item No. 2
(a) Stop violations in the agreements on Status quo of RMS & MMS as well as merger of RMS with less than 10,000 mails.

Reports will be called for from the Circles against the order of status quo.

(b) Create scientific norms for the work in CRC, Speed Post, Logistics and EPP.

This item will be discussed with the Staff Side in a separate meeting to be taken up by CGM (MB & O). Date and time of the meeting will be intimated by Director (SR & Legal), after consultation with CGM (MB & O).

Item No.3
(a) Holding of JCM Departmental Council Meetings and periodical meetings with Federations/Associations.

Departmental Council (JCM) Meetings and periodical meetings will be held at regular intervals.

(b) Referring the issue of discrimination of pay scales between the Telecom TBOP/BCR and Postal TBOP/BCR w.e.f. 1.1.1996 to Board of Arbitration.

This Item will be considered as a part of cadre restructuring of Group “C” employees in PA/SA cadre. In the context of cadre restructuring, the Chairperson gave direction for expeditious consideration so as to complete the process before the close of this year.

(c) Holding of GDS Committee Meetings periodically with GDS Unions.

Periodical meetings as prescribed will be held at regular intervals.

Item No.4
Stop harassment of staff under Project Arrow.

Data sent by various Circles will be subject to proper scrutiny. Heads of Circles will also be addressed to furnish correct information.

Item No.5
(a) Undertake reassessment of vacancies in PA/SA cadre (including Circle Offices) to rectify mistaken calculation of vacancies in all circles.

The position will be reviewed Circle wise for necessary follow up action to be completed before 15th August 2010. For expeditious disposal, video conferencing will be done with the concerned Heads of Circles.

(b) Fill up all vacant posts in all cadres in Department of Posts as on 31.12.2009.

Information in regard to residual vacancies remaining unfilled will be called for from all the Circles for necessary follow up action in this regard.

(c) Allow local recruitment as one time measure in Postal Accounts similar to 1997 Sundernagar.

DDG (PAF) will examine the matter in accordance with the existing rules and instructions on the subject.

Item No.6
(a) Cadre Restructuring of Group C employees (other than accounts cadre).

A Committee comprising DDG (Estt), DDG (P) and Director (SPN) and three members from Staff Side, to be nominated by them, will be constituted to examine the proposals in detail and submit recommendations. The entire process is to be completed before the close of the year.

(b) Withdrawal of order regarding cadre restructuring of Postmasters cadre until comprehensive cadre restructuring of PA/SA cadre is completed.

The Staff Side will be apprised of the details of the new Cadre.

(c) Cadre Restructuring of LDC, Sorters & DEOs in PAOs..

Necessary action to be taken by DDG (PAF).

Item No.7
(a) Grant of Pension, Departmental status to Gramin Dak Sevaks, grant of HRA/CCA, ACP including trade union rights and welfare measures.

Welfare measures in favour of Gramin Dak Sevaks viz relief in case of prolonged illness, relaxation of education assistance schemes will be placed before Postal Staff Welfare Board in its next meeting. The issues of annuity and Health Scheme have been taken up with the Nodal Ministries.

(b) Remove discrimination on bonus ceiling.

Matter is subjudice.

(c) Modify the Rs.20,000 cash handling work points for GDS BPMs – withdraw orders denying revised TRCA wef 1.1.2006 in respect of BPMs.

Matter is subjudice.

(d) Compute work norms for all types of work performed including NREGS, PLI, RPLI, Pension Payments etc to GDS.

The issue will be examined.

(e) Implement enhanced Social Security to GDS like Ex-Gratia Gratuity and Severance Amount w.e.f 1.1.2006.

The benefits were extended as per past practice.

Item No.8
(a) Grant of parity in pay Scale (PB-1 with 2400/-) for MMS Drivers on par with Drivers of Parliament Secretariat.

Staff Side was apprised that the matter was taken up with the Ministry of Finance but did not find favour.

(b) Recruitment of adequate number of drivers.

To be considered along with the issue of filling up of vacancies.

(c) Sanction of OSA for the long distance logistics van drivers of MMS.

Mail Branch will look into it. Action to be completed expeditiously.

(d) Technology training to Work Shop staff and grant of Data Entry Operator’s scale of pay to Work Shop Staff.

DDG (Trg) to take necessary action for providing technical training to Work Shop Staff.

Item No.9
(a) Revision of wages from 1.1.2006 in respect of RRR Candidates, Casual Labourers, Contingent Staff.

Issue of RRR Candidates being sub judice, no action. The case of Casual Labourers is being examined. To be followed up vigorously.

(b) Grant of temporary status to eligible full time status casual labourers, convert part time into full time, absorb full time, part time, contingent in vacant GDS Posts.

The entire issue of Casual Labourers will be looked into with the objective of liquidating their number as per policy of the Government.

Item No.10
(a) Fill up all vacancies of Postmen and Mail guards

To be considered along with filling up of all vacancies in the Department.

(b) Modify certain unscientific work norms of Postmen/MTS finalized by Work Study Unit.

The existing norms will be reviewed after six months from the date of its issue. The Circles have been addressed to give their feed back in the matter and the review process will be completed by October 2010.

(c) Enhance the Postman Double duty Allowance as per the recommendations of 6th CPC.

The entire issue of double duty allowance will be reviewed by October 2010 by a Committee. The Chairperson directed that all issue relating to Postmen will be discussed separately.

Item No.11
Remove all local anomalies in MACP Scheme like application of benchmark of the period prior to introduction of MACP Scheme; grant MACP on Average benchmark like Department of Railways; denial of regular promotion earlier to introduction of MACP.

In the context of bench mark for grant of MACP within PB-1, it was desired to issue order on the pattern of the order having been issued by Ministry of Railways, immediately. The matter will be pursued.

Item No.12
Creation of System Administrators Cadre and financial compensation for special work performed by System Administrators.

A Committee consisting of DDG (Estt), DDG (P) and DDG (Technology) will be formed to consider this aspect along with cadre restructuring of PAs/SAs. As regards grant of Road Mileage Allowance, mater is under examination.

Item No.13
Recruitment Rules for Multi Tasking Staff

The draft rules to be referred to Department of Personnel for their approval. As regards educational qualifications of existing Gramin Dak Sevaks and Casual Labourers for appointment as multitasking staff, status quo will continue.

Item No.14
Amalgamation of Group C Accounts Cadre.

No action.

Item No.15
Roll back of the decentralization of PLI/RPLI – Augment required staff strength and filling up of vacant posts.

The proposal to be considered by PLI Directorate and any problem in this regard to be reported to Secretary (P) within a week.

Item No.16
Parity of scale of pay of Ministerial Cadre in Postal Civil Wing on part with the Postal Assistants and upgradation of posts of Works Clerk Grade – II/head Clerk – Filling up of all vacant posts of technical as well as ministerial posts – Creation of one Civil Wing Circle for each Postal Circle.

The Staff Side will take up this issue separately.

Item No.17
Regularize the HSG-I, HSG-II, LSG arrangements and grant Officiating Pay and Allowances to all Officials holding the posts.

The issue will be looked into afresh in view of the provision made in Postal Manual Volume IV, as stated by the Staff Side, as also in the light of prevailing instructions of the Government of India on the subject.

Item No.18
Enhance OTA and OSA rates in tune with the 6th Central Pay Commission.

The question of enhancing OTA rates stands referred to the Committee of Secretaries by the Nodal Department. The enhancement of OSA rates will be examined by Mail Branch and is to be completed within one month.

Source: NFPE CHQ, New Delhi
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