Monday, September 19, 2011

ಇಂದೂರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಪೋಸ್ಟ್ ಮ್ಯಾನ್ ಮತ್ತು ಗ್ರೂಪ್ ಡಿ ನೌಕರರ ಅಖಿಲ ಭಾರತ ಅಧಿವೇಶನ

ಇದೇ ಬರುವ ೨೫.೦೯.೧೧ ರಿಂದ ೨೭.೦೯.೧೧ ರ ವರೆಗೆ ಪುಷ್ಕರ (ರಾಜಾಸ್ಥಾನ್) ದಲ್ಲಿ ನಡೆಯಬೇಕಿದ್ದ ಪೋಸ್ಟ್ ಮ್ಯಾನ್ ಮತ್ತು ಗ್ರೂಪ್ ಡಿ ನೌಕರರ ಸಂಘದ ಅಖಿಲ ಭಾರತ ಅಧಿವೇಶನವು ಕಾರಣಾಂತರಗಳಿಂದ ಮುಂದೆ ಹಾಕಲಾಗಿದ್ದು ಇದು ಈಗ ನವೆಂಬರ್ ತಿಂಗಳ ದಿನಾಂಕ ೦೮ ಮತ್ತು ೦೯ ರಂದು ಮಧ್ಯಪ್ರದೇಶದ ಇಂದೂರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ನಡೆಯಲಿದೆ. ಹೊರಡಲಿಚ್ಚಿಸುವ ಪ್ರತಿನಿದಿಗಳು ಈ ಕೂಡಲೇ ಕಾರ್ಯದರ್ಶಿಗಳನ್ನು ಸಂಪರ್ಕಿಸಿ ತಮ್ಮ ರೈಲ್ವೆ ರಿಸರ್ವೇಶನ್ ಮಾಡಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳತಕ್ಕದ್ದು .

Sunday, September 18, 2011


Dear Comrade,

After a long gap, we are meeting through this desk and my advance greetings to all on Pooja, Diwali and other festivals. After the deferment of the proposed strike, you would have realized that many issues prolonged for years together are being settled one after another. Of course, trade union is the incessant movement and even if we solved all the issues, new issues will creep. As Com. Lenin rightly quoted that the gains achieved through various struggles will motivate the workers for a long struggle for their advancement, the Postal workers can proudly say that they are resisting till now the adverse effects of globalization in the communication sector and these small gains achieved through struggles will keep them ready to resist further onslaughts of these effects. Let us keep vigil. Let us first discuss about the orders issued on the Strike Charter of Demands. Orders for the following items have been issued by the department.
Gains on our demands
1. Applicability of various kinds of Travelling Allowances in case of systems administrators, Marketing Executives, PRI (P)s & Road Mileage Allowance to the staff entrusted the work of Cheque clearance.
(DG (P) No. 17-01/2011-PAP dt. 23.06.2011)
2. Imparting training to physically disabled non matriculate erstwhile Group D employees & those promoted to Postman/Mail guard or PA/SA after 1.1.2006.
(DG (P) No. 1-20/2008-PCC dt. 15.06.2011)
3. Post attached Quarters - instructions reg.
(DG (P) No. 7-1_2010-Bldg dated 16.06.2011)
4. Reconstitution of cadre restructuring committee.
(DG (P) No. 1/4/2010-SR dt. 12.07.2011)
5. Enhancement of Savings Bank Allowance to Postal Assistants working in Savings Bank branches.
(DG (P) No. 113-07/2010-SB dt. 21.06.2011)
6. Orders on Contributory Negligence
(DG (P) No. 14013/03/2010-VP dt. 22.06.2011)
7. Implementation of Modified Assured Career Prgression Scheme (MACPs) - Clarification on constitution of Divisional Scrutiny Committee.
(DG (P) No. 4-7/(MACPs)/2009-PCC dt. 30.06.2011)
8. Charge in designation of Sorting Postman - Clarification
(DG (P) No. 25-20/2008-PE I dt. 12.07.2011)
9. Posting of Sub Postmasters in Single handed and double handed sub Post office - reg.
(DG (P) No. 37-56/2008-SPB II dt. 15.07.2011)
10. Abnormal delay in Payment of Speed Pos delivery incentive bills
(DG (P) No. 16/56/2011-SR dt, 07.07.2011)
11. Non implementation of modified assured career Progression Scheme (MACOS)
(DG (P) No. 4-7/MACPs/2009-PCC - dt 22.06.2011)
12. New examination System - conducting limited Departmental Competitive Exam for the year 2011.
(DG (P) No. A-34020/08/2010-DE dt. 30.05.2011)
13. Clarification on MACP to the Group 'D' & Postmen entry in the Department of Posts.
(DG (P) No. 4-7/MACPs/2009/PCC dt. 25.04.2011)
14. Fixation of seniority of PAs/SAs in General line and Accounts line for promotion to the cadre of LSG (NB)
(DG (P) No. 06-04/2011-SPB II dt. 09.03.2011)
15. Grant of financial upgradation in the promotional Hierarchy instead of Grade pay Hierarchy under the MACPs - furnishing information - reg.
(DG (P) No. 4-7/(MACPS)/2009-PCC dt. 16.05.2011)
16. Grant of leave to the staff working under HSG-I Postmaster.
(DG (P) No. 51-4/2011-SPB II dt. 01.08.2011)
17. Out Station Allowance to RMS Staff - revision of rates thereof.
(DG (P) No. 28-2/2010-D dt. 19.07.2011)
18. Grant of Grade Pay of Rs. 1900, Rs.2000/- with effect from 1.1.2006 to those Group D (MTS) who were given TBOP/BCR before 1.1.2006 vis-à-vis - Applicability of provisions of para 6 of annexure I to OM on MACPs dt. 18.09.2009.
(DG (P) No. 1-20/2008-{CC (Pt) dt. 18.7.2011)
19. Imposing of statuary punishment for non performance of OT duty - reg.
(DG (P) No. 8-9/2011-SR dt. 21.07.2011)
20. Increase in the number of chances to appear in the LDCE (LGO) exam to fill up the posts of Postal Assistant/Sorting Assistants
(DG (P) No. 60-10/2011-SPB I dt. 26.07.2011)
21. Organizing frequent meetings/Melas on holidays and Sundays - denial of legitimate rights to the employees to avail Sundays etc.
(DG (P) No. 16/56/2011-SR dt. 08.07.2011)
22. Grant of officiating pay & Allowance to selection Grade officials - reg.
(DG (P) 137-64/2010-SPB II dt. 28.07.2011)
23. Declining promotion to Postmaster Grade II by the officials declared successful in Postmaster Grade I - Departmental Competitive exam held on 12.06.2011
(DG (P) No. 4-24/2011-SPB II dt. 09.08.2011)
24. Continuation of adhoc promotion made in the cadre of HSG I
(DG (P) No. 4-16/2002-SPB II dt. 01.08.2011)
25. Orders on CCL
(DG (P) No. 51-3/2009-SPB-Ii Dt. 15.06.2011)
In respect of many items, the files are under process and let us know some details about the pending issues in the following paras.
Progress on Demands
1)Cadre Review Committee: - The first sitting of cadre review committee will be held on 29.9.2011 at Directorate. We are updating our proposal and suggestions if any can be sent before 29.09.2011
2) Filling up of vacancies for 2011: - When the Directorate called for vacancy position, it is alarmingly felt that still there are many vacancies for the earlier years left unfilled up. The Directorate sought for information from all circles to furnish all the current & previous unfilled vacancies in all cadres and also to mention the oldest vacancy still unfilled up - On receipt of particulars, process similar to last recruitment will be conducted at Directorate before December 2011 to fill up all the remaining vacancies.
All our Branch/Divisional Secretaries are requested to verify the establishment sanction actual staff strength available and calculate the actual vacancies of their divisions and to intimate the same to circle union immediately so that the circle union can pursue at circle level ensuring that no post is left unfilled up.Unless Branch/Divisional Secretaries act vigilantly, nothing is probable to come out from the issue of shortage of staff.
3) HSG I Recruitment Rules: - UPSC has not approved yet the HSG-I Recruitment Rules. It raised objections that the number of Posts in feeder cadre HSG-II and HSG-I is similar and to reduce the number of HSG I posts to the ratio of at least 2:1. The Department replied about the justification and functional requirements. It is expected that the recruitment rules will be released from UPSC within a fortnight or maximum a month.
In the revised HSG-I Recruitment Rules, all HSG-I posts including the posts which are now reserved for IPO line are being brought under general line. DOPT informed that after the approval of the Recruitment Rules for HSG-I, the conditions of minimum service in HSG II( 5 years) will be relaxed as before considering the requirements of the department.
4) Filling up of Postmaster Grade III Posts: - According to the scheme, Postmaster Grade-III posts will be carved out only when the posts are filled up. As such, technically there is no Postmaster Grade III post in existence. After the finalization of HSG I Recruitment Rules and offered regular promotion to the present adhoc HSG I official and others, option will be called for among them whether they will opt for Postmaster Grade III. The posts will be filled up at first with the HSG-I officials opted for the cadre and the remaining Postmaster Grade III posts will be declared for promotion under the channel of Postmaster's cadre. After the creation of Grade III, the Department assured to consider the one time relaxation to fill up all the unfilled up Grade II & Grade III posts by relaxing the minimum service conditions required.
5) Filling up of Postmaster Grade I unfilled up posts: - We placed a demand to consider the remaining candidates in the selection list of Postmaster Grade I exam for filling up the vacancies caused due to declination by some candidates after declaring the results. This was agreed. All circles will be addressed soon to ascertain the number of officials declined. We are expecting orders shortly.
6) Gradation List: - This is one of the major problems prevailing in all circles. All circles have been addressed to compile Gradation list of all cadres at once. All divisional Secretaries should follow up the same since this is most important document now to determine the promotional aspects of the employees.
7) Tenure posting in Single handed offices: - Despite strong objection from vigilance section of the Directorate, as assured during discussions on the strike charters, the Department is issuing orders for reposting officials to sub offices if the officials have not come out with any cases in preceding 10 years. Orders are expected to be released shortly.
8) Allowing P. H. candidates to IPO Exam: -The Department has formalized the reservation for promotion in I.P cadre for P. H. candidates and forwarded the file to Ministry of social Welfare for formal approval. This will definitely become a boost to the physically challenged Postal Assistants.
9) Doubling the Treasury Allowance: - A specific clarification about Treasury Allowance to Treasurer is under issue.
10) Problems of Casual Labourers: - An internal committee headed by the Chief PMG, Assam has been constituted to study the problems of casual labourers like regularization, alternate method of appointments for subsequent requirements, Pay related issues as per the Sixth CPC etc. The first preliminary sitting is expected to be held at Kolkata on 19.09.2011. DDG (P) & DDG (Establishment) are the other members. DDG (PCC) will be the member (Secretary). In respect of application of Sixth CPC wages to casual labourers, it is being delayed due to non receipt of information from five circles. They have been reminded by the Directorate.
11) Internal Committee to review Allowances: - Another committee has been constituted to review the allowances available in the Department under the chairmanship of Sri. Santosh Gauriar, Chief PMG, M. P. Circle, Sri. V. P. Singh, DDG Establishment, Sri. B. Selvakumar PMG Agra, Sri. D. Manoj, G.M. Finance Maharashtra Circle will be the members. Sri. S. V. Rao ADG (Establishment) will functions as ADG (Member Secretary)
1) The allowances, which are to be examined by the Committee, are as under:
(a) Grant of Special Allowance to all Group 'A' & Group 'B' officers working in Circle offices and Regional offices irrespective of their designation.
(b) Grant of Travelling Allowance and Daily Allowance to Mail overseers instead of Nigh Halt Allowance.
(c) Revival of Cash Handling Allowance to Postmen.
(d) Removal of distance criteria for grant of Cycle Maintenance Allowance (CMA) to Postmen.
(e) Revision of Cash Allowance to SPMs in the absence of Treasurers.
(f) Upward revision of Conveyance Allowance to PRIs (P)
(g) Grant of Road Mileage Allowance to staff entrusted with the work of clearance of cheques.
(h) Grant of Fixed Conveyance Allowance to Marketing Executives.
(i) Enhancement of Split Duty Allowance.
(j) Grant of Special Allowance to unqualified accounts irrespective of financial up gradation granted under TBOP/BCR/MACP
(k) Special Allowance to PO & RMS accountants on grant of financial up gradation under MACPs.
(l) Grant of Treasury Allowance to those officials who are given financial up gradation under MACP
2) The terms of reference of the Committee will be to examine and give specific recommendation on each allowance indicated above with a view that:
i) Any upward revision is required in the current scenario in the allowances.
ii) Whether the already discontinued allowances or allowances not being paid to specific cadre are needed to be restored or allowed.
3) The Committee will submit its Report within Three months.
Our CHQ is sending a proposals to the said committee on all issues and also to restore charge allowance to Postmasters as existed prior to introduction of TBOP and also to restore MPCM allowance to counter Assistants. Our letter will be published in the Bhartiya Post.
12) Departmental Council (JCM): - it was intimated to hold the Departmental Council (JCM) in the month of October 2011. The last date for submission of subjects has been fixed as 28.09.2011. If any specific issue is to be taken up, the Divisional/Branch/Circle secretaries are at liberty to e-mail the issues before 25.09.2011 to CHQ.
13) Dropping of Confirmation exam: - It is under process. Orders will be expedited.
14) Revised Recruitment rules for Postal Assistants: - As per the RR 2002, there are 49 categories eligible to appear the LGO exam and most of the categories are not in existence. Hence the process of eliminating such categories is under progress. Thereafter it will be finalized by including the agreed demands of thrown open the unfilled vacancies of LGO to GDS without any mark condition. The deletion of confirmation examination is included in the revised R. R.
15) Permission to opt for General line from Accounts line: - We demanded that the options obtained at the time of TBOP become obsolete and the option exercised only at the time of regular promotion to LSG accounts shall be taken into account. This has been accepted by the Department and orders issued.
16) Training Allowance to WCTU instructors: - Proposals for creation of regular trainers will be taken up. Revision of training allowance to instructors is training centre & introduction of training allowance to regular trainers appointed in WCTU is under consideration.
17) Revision of honorarium for Departmental Exam: - The file is under process. The allowance, as it is told, will be doubled.
18) Counting of past services to RTP: - The CHQ has written one more letter department to implement the decision of Mumbai CAT decision to all the similarly situated persons. This will be discussed further with the Secretary in the ensuing Department Council Meeting.
19) Counting of Special Allowance for pay fixation - Case of PO & RMS Accountants: - We are demanding for implementation of Karnataka High court judgment and not to file SLP. This is being pursued.
20) Irregular attachment of unoccupied staff quarters as post attached quarters: - Today the relevant rulings of 1929 & others were towed handed. It is assured to cause necessary orders at the earliest.
21) Training to Postmaster Grade I: - All Training Centres have been instructed to finalise the Grade I training before 15.1.2012. The Training Centre have accordingly allotted seats to the circles.
Let us now discuss about the organizational activities in glance.
Confederation decisions on agitation against PFRDA Bill
i) Signature campaign: - Please refer Bhartiya Post September 2011 issue. Please start signature campaign by involving all the membership and through them the people at large. Maximum signature shall be obtained and forwarded to CHQ which should reach the CHQ before 22.11.2011.
ii) March to Parliament:- NFPE has fixed target to P3 as 3500 for the minimum participation in the march to parliament on 25.11.2011. All Divisional Secretaries/Circle Secretaries with their activists may book their journey tickets well in advance to participate the rally.
Let us mobilize in full swing to take part in the rally organized to show our protest against new pension Bill and demanding to restore old pension scheme for all new recruits.
iii) Convention - If state level conventions are not held so far, please initiate efforts to hold convention of Confederation to popularize the demands finalized by the Confederation on C. G. Employees.
NFPE - All India Workshop
All India study camp for CHQ office bearers and Circle secretaries of all affiliated unions will be held at Allahabad from 04.12.2011 to 06.12.2011. Delegate fee has been fixed as Rs.500/- All concerned are requested to book their journey tickets well in advance.
1st All India Convention of Casual, Part time, contingent employees
Our Federation has notified to hold the first All India Convention of Casual, Part time and Contingent employees at Tirupati (A.P) from 13.11.2011 to 14.11.2011. Secretary General directed all the Circle secretaries to take initiates to form circle level organization for such employees and depute the delegates elected in the conference. All Circle Secretaries are requested to kindly do their best for the formation of their circle union.
P3 Special Workshop
A special workshop exlusively for P3 office bearers is scheduled to be held at Puri, Odisha during the month of January 2011. This will be an educative workshop. Date & Venue will be intimated later.
Let us revamp our functioning
Finally, let us come to the important section of this desk. Many positive instructions were issued from the Directorate in the recent times. But unfortunately many of the items have not been properly implemented in true spirit at lower levels. We are also not appraised about the position by more than 95% of the divisional/ branch secretaries. Sometimes, we could not challenge the officers in the absence of adequate informations.
A questionnaire has been prepared and attached with this desk. All branch/divisional secretaries should compile and send the same to the CHQ and circle before 15.10.2011. Don't feel shy when some of the issues have not taken at your level. Don't bother. At least we will start now. Don't suppress the information and be frank in furnishing such items. It is the need to revamp our organization and style of functioning at all levels. Let us move with this direction.
Okay comrade. I have taken a lot of time from you. Once again my greetings to one and all.
With greetings,
(K. V. Sridharan)
General Secretary

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


Mere registration of an FIR or filing of a charge sheet under the Prevention of Corruption Act is not enough to withhold the release of pension benefits due to a government servant. The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has ruled that final pension, gratuity, leave encashment or other such benefits due to a government servant on retirement cannot be held back in the event of a criminal complaint against him/her.

The ruling came from a bench of CAT chairman VK Bali and member Ramesh Chandra Panda, which ordered the ministry of finance and the Central Board of Direct Taxes to restore forthwith the full pension of VB Bansal, Assistant Commissioner of Income Tax, and make payment of all arrears due within six weeks. Invoking rule 69 of the Central Civil Service (Pension) Rules 1972, the government had withheld Bansal's final pension, gratuity, leave encashment and some other post-retirement benefits on the ground that a case of disproportionate assets registered against him by the Central Bureau of Investigation on February 2005 was still pending.

Bansal had contended that after investigation, the CBI sent a report to the court for cancellation of the FIR in 2007, and he could not be made to suffer if the court had not taken any decision even after four years. The government argued that if no decision had been taken by the Magistrate concerned, on the cancellation report sent by CBI, it shall be deemed that judicial proceedings were pending.

But the CAT rejected the government's arguments, saying: "It is only after the Magistrate may not accept the cancellation report and may order further investigation in the matter, and on such investigation, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) collects sufficient evidence, which may sustain conviction and the Magistrate may take cognisance, that judicial proceedings can be said to be pending against the applicant (Bansal)."While ordering payment of full pension and post-retirement benefits to Bansal, the bench did not agree to payment of interest on the amount due."However, if the arrears as mentioned above and the withheld post-retiral dues are not released to the applicant within the time mentioned above, the applicant will be entitled to interest thereon at the rate of 9% per annum from that date till the date of actual payment," it added.

- Hindustan Times, 11.09.2011

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Corporation to use postal staff service

To verify addresses of property tax assessees
The Chennai Corporation is planning to use the services of the Department of Posts to verify addresses of over 6.41 lakh property tax assessees.
This is part of the measures of the civic body to improve property tax collection.
It has started discussions for making optimum use of the services of the Department of Posts in the days ahead when the challenges pertaining to collection of property tax are likely to mount.
With elections round the corner, the Corporation would have to use tax collectors for election duty. So, the services of the postal employees are likely to be used to create awareness and improve tax collection, said officials of the Corporation.
Address verification by the postal staff would also help the civic body verify the genuineness of the assessees during the city expansion phase.
A few months ago, the Corporation had initiated a process of sending e-post to remind the assessees. Though the property tax collection improved because of the initiative, some of the addresses of assessees were not correct.
The civic body has also planned to ask the assessees to make use of the counters in the zonal and division offices for payment of tax during the period of civic body elections.
After the expansion of the city and local body elections, the Revenue Department would face a challenge in the form of change in zone number of the existing assessees.
The Postal Department's schemes such as e-post would be continued to be used to remind the assessees of the property tax payment even after the elections.
Over 10 per cent of the property tax assessees pay taxes of high value, official said. Even though the civic body focuses more on this segment, the assessees who pay very low value property tax would also be given awareness messages through the postal system.
A major portion of the 5.29 lakh residential property tax assessees in the 10 zones of the city have a property tax demand of low value. Address verification of such assessees may be easier with the help of the extensive network of post offices, according to an official of the civic body. Collection of property tax from over 1.12 lakh commercial properties in the city is likely to be better with the assistance of the postal network.
Courtesy : Hindu 4.9.2011

Will there be Plastic Currency Notes ?

There is a good news for all Indian as the Government of India is going to introduce the plastic currency note which will not only make sure that it is harder for forge notes to circulate in India but also make sure your husband is not angry on you because you missed checking his pocket for forgotten notes.
According to the Reserve Bank of India:
Though RBI did talk about it on
Feb 24 2011,
“We are planning to try this out on a pilot basis starting with a plastic note in the 10 denomination, which we will distribute out of five of our regional offices in the country including our Bhubaneswar office. During the pilot phase, we need to study not only the relative costs but also the carbon footprint associated with the recycling and disposal of plastic notes vis-à-vis paper notes. If the pilot proves successful, we will mainstream the use of plastic currency. ”
Current plan is to Rupees 10 Plastic note and see how it goes. As of now, seven countries have converted fully to polymer banknote. They are Australia, Bermuda, Brunei, New Zealand, New Guinea, Romania and Vietnam. However there are many countries like Singapore, Malaysia, Nepal, Mexico, Brazil etc where the plastic currency introduced as a trial basis.

What is Plastic Currency:
These are the currency note made up of plastic instead of paper. This plastic is not regular plastic but is called as Polymer Bank Note, which is thin like Paper but very hard to either tear off and definetly does not get wet in water. It was first introduced by Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) in 1993.
How Plastic Currency are made ?
It is a four step process where First plastic is made opaque then made ready for printing. Once Printing is done, it is coated with varnish so it does not get wet.
Advantages of Plastic currency note:
§ It will help the government to check out the fake currency problem as the technology used to create this one is very high and cannot be easily forged.
§ The performance of the Plastic currency note will be better as the paper currency note but government needs to take care of recycling.
§ Plastic currency note is durable and can be used 4-5 times more than Paper currency note.
§ They are Eco-friendly, so it will be good for environment also.
§ Now, you need not to count the note with the help of water or saliva.
§ They can be washed if they become dirty, So no more holi colors.
Courtesy :

Over Ninety Percent Departmental Post Offices Computerised

Shri Sachin Pilot, the Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology informed Rajya Sabha today in written reply to a question that 24015 (94 per cent) Departmental Post Offices out of 25538 Departmental Post Offices have been supplied with computer hardware. Remaining Departmental Post Offices along with Branch Post Offices will be computerized under the Department’s IT Modernisation Project 2012 to be completed by 2012-13 subject to availability of funds and resources. The reply further stated that there is no project proposal of the State Government of Madhya Pradesh pending before the Ministry for computerization of Post Offices.