Wednesday, April 30, 2014
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF POSTAL EMPLOYEES
FEDERATION OF NATIONAL POSTAL ORGANISATION
CENTRAL HEAD QUARTERS, NEWDELHI
* CADRE RESTRUCTURING AGREEMENT SIGNED *
At last after several round of protracted negotiations with the administration, JCM Staff side, Departmental council ( NFPE & FNPO) has signed the cadre restructuring proposal. The staff side has tried to the best of its ability to make maximum improvement in the proposal. In spite of our hard bargaining we could not achieve 100 percent success. Our demand for separate higher pay scale for PO& RMS Accountants, Creation of separate cadre for System Administrators or grant of special pay/allowance, bringing MTS also under cadre restructuring etc is not accepted by the administration. Regarding Postmaster Cadre after much bargaining, it is agreed to examine our claim for higher pay scale after the present proposal is approved by the government.
As Govt has already appointed 7th CPC and the Pay Commission has already published the questionnaire, any further delay in completing the cadre restructuring will adversely affect the interest of Postal employees. We will take up the remaining issues, which are not agreed by the administration in the cadre restructuring committee with the 7th CPC in our memorandum and make one more effort to get a favourable recommendation.
Taking into consideration all the above aspects and also keeping in mind the larger interest of the employees, we have decided to sign the agreement
Copy of the agreement is published below.
The Salient features of the agreement are as follows :
1. Number of LSG posts will increase from 8 % to 22 %
2. Number of HSG II posts will increase from 2 % to 12 %
3. Number of HSG I posts will increase from 1.5 % to 4 %
4. After completion of 2 years in HSG I the official will be promoted to 4800 GP (Non-functional Basis)
5. The above proposal will be applicable to RMS, Circle Office and SBCO in the same ratio
6. Postman/Mail guard will get the same ratio of promotion.
The present proposal is to be approved by Postal Board, DoPT & Finance Ministry. We will make all out effort to get the proposal implemented at an early date.
Secretary General Secretary General
Abolish the New Pension Scheme from Indian Railway: Railway Minister's DO letter to Finance Minister
MINISTER FOR RAILWAYS
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
29 March, 2014.
Dear Shri P. Chidambaram ji,
Through this letter, I wish to draw your attention to a long standing demand raised by both Staff Federations of Railways on National Pension Scheme (NPS) for employees of Indian Railways. The Federations have been expressing resentment over operation in the Railways of the National Pension Scheme, which is perceived as a lower social security cover for Railway employees. Their contention is that there are enough grounds for Railway employees to be treated differently from other civil employees of the Government, and that Indian Railways should operate the traditional defined .benefit pension scheme available to pre-01-01-2004 appointee's.
You will recall that a few organizations/categories of Government employees were specifically exempted from the purview of NPS on consideration of special, riskier and more onerous nature of duties. The Federations have been drawing parallel with of nature of duties performed by most categories of Railway employees with those in the Armed Forces. They contend that during British period, Railways was conceived and operated as an auxiliary wing of the Army. It was also realized that by virtue of its complex nature, Railways required a high level of discipline and efficiency to be able to perform its role as the prime transport mode. Railways is an operational organization required to be run round the clock through the year. Railway employees have to work in inhospitable conditions, braving extreme weather, unfriendly law and order scenario, and inherent risks associated with the Railway operations itself. As in the Armed Forces, many have to stay away from their families for long periods while performing duties in areas where adequate facilities are lacking.
I feel that there is considerable merit in the contention of the Staff Federations. Besides the critical and complex nature of duties of Railway employees, the hazards involved are also high. Despite best efforts for enhanced safety measures, a large number of Railway employees lose their lives or meet with serious injuries in the course of performance of their duties each year.
During the period 2007-08 to October 2011, the number of Railway employees killed during the course of their duty has been more than number of passengers/other members of public killed in Rail related accidents including accidents at unmanned level crossings. While the nature of duties of Railway employees is inherently high risk during peace time, they also perform functions of critical importance during war time and times of natural calamities, in moving men and materials across the country to maintain supply of essential commodities and safeguard integrity of the nation.
In my view, there are adequate grounds for the Government to consider exemption for Railway employees from the purview of NPS. The implications of this would be that Government expenditure would reduce over the next few years through discontinuance of Government Contribution under the NPS, but the long term liabilities would increase, as financial commitments in the defined benefit pension scheme would be higher. Since Railways are required to meet the pensionary outgo from their internal resources, switch over to defined benefit pension scheme would call for a more systematic provisioning under the Pension Fund through appropriate revenue generating measures. With Rail Tariff Authority on the horizon, I believe that this would be possible.
In the light of the above, I suggest that our request for exemption from operation of the NPS be considered sympathetically and necessary approvals communicated.
A copy of each demands raised by the two Federations is enclosed.
Shri P. Chidambaram, Finance Minister,
Government of India, North Block,
Friday, April 11, 2014
SB Order No. 5/2014 : Changes in Statutory Rules in the backdrop of implementation of CBS- regarding.
Written By Admin on April 11, 2014 | Friday, April 11, 2014
Vide Directorate SB order No. 5/2014 dated 24.03.2014 the following Changes in Statutory Rules in the backdrop of implementation of CBS.
1) Deposits and withdrawals can be done through any electronic mode in CBS Post Offices.
2) Inter Post Office transaction can be done between CBS Post Office.
3) ATM/Debit Cards can be issued to Savings Account holders having prescribed minimum balance on the day of issue of card which will be circulated separately of CBS post offices.
4) In case of deposit made in RD Account by cheque. Date of credit of cheque into Government Accounts shall be treated as date of deposit.
5) If next monthly deposit in RD account opened between 1st and 15th of a month is not deposited by 15th of following month and next monthly deposit in RD account opened between 16th and last working day of a month is not deposited by last working day of the following month , default fee @5 paisa for every 5 rupees shall be charged .This will be applicable to both CBS and non CBS post offices.
6) If in any RD account ,there is monthly default(s) the depositor has to first pay the defaulted monthly deposit with default fee and then he can pay the current month deposit. This will be applicable for both CBS and non CBS post offices.
7) In CBS post office ,when any TD account is matured , the same TD account will be automatically renewed for the period for which the account was initially opened.e.g.2 years TD account will be automatically renewed for 2 years. Interest rate applicable on the day of maturity will be applied.
8) Lock up period for six months for premature closure of TD account has been removed and as and when any TD account is closed before one year, interest @ savings account applicable from time to time shall be payable. This will be applied for both CBS and Non CBS post offices.
9) In Case of MIS accounts standing at CBS post offices. Monthly interest can be credited into savings account standing at any CBS post office.
10) In Case of SCSS accounts, quarterly interest shall be payable on 1st working day of April, July, October and january at any CBS post Office.
11) Quarterly interest of SCSS accounts of SCSS accounts standing at CBS post offices can be credited in savings account at any other CBS post office.
12) minimum amount for opening of PPF account shall be Rs 100/- for all CBS and non CBS post offices.
13) In case NSC VIII and IX issue ,transfer of certificate from one person to another can be done only once from date of issue to date of maturity.
14) At the time of transfer of Certificates from one person to another, old certificate will not be discharged. name of old holder shall be rounded and name of new holder shall be written on the old certificate and Purchase application ( in case of non CBS post offices ) under dated signatures of the authorized Postmaster along with his designation stamp and date stamp of Post Office.
15) Rule relating to Conversion of one denomination of certificate to other denomination is deleted.
This may kindly be circulated to all field units for guidance and necessary action. These changes should also be placed-on the Public Notice Board of all the post Offices. Post Office working in Sanchay Post shall continue to follow the existing procedure till new Patch is deployed in Version 7.5.
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