Thursday, December 18, 2008

Meeting with Offices Committee

The S.G, FNPO, G.S., NUGDS and G.S., NUPE PM & Gr.D met the group of officers who were appointed to examine the report submitted by Sri.R.S.Natraja Murthy, Chairman, GDS Committee to day. The officers committee agreed to consider the following modifications:
1. Wage structure - Pro rata wages on par with the Departmental employees.
2. To open a B.O for a minimum of 4 hours.
3. Bunching increment
4. Pay fixation formula may be TRCA as on 1.1.2006 X 1.86 + Fitmen (if any).
5. Social security scheme instead of pension.
6. Increase in Gratuity.
7. Compassionate appointment.
8. Introduction of minimum penalties.
The Committee agreed our views on the following issues:
1. P L B will continue.
2. DA present formula will continue.
3. Transfer facilities to the GDS employees- the present procedure will continue.
4. Medical facilities
5. Maternity leave for female GDS employees - 3 months.
6. Trade Union facilities.
7. To increase Office Maintenance Allowance.
The Committee die not express their opinion on the following issues :
PAY SCALE, INCREMENT, FITMENT AND PROMOTION.
The Committee may submit its report by the end of this month. After this meeting, the delegation met the Secretary, Dept. of Posts and requested her to conisder the modifications sought by FNPO, favorably.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Strike from 17.12.2008 - FNPO not participates

FNPO and its affilated Unions are not participating in the strike from 17.12.2008.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

FNPO
National Union of Gramin Dak Sevaks
(INTUC)
Central Head Quarters
Down Hill, Malappuram, Kerala- 676 519

To 10.12.08
All Divisional Secretaries
All Circle Secretaries
All CHQ Office Bearers

GDS Commission Recommendations.

Sri RS Natarajamurthi Committee submited its report to Shri A Raja (MOC) on 29.10.2008. Major recommendations of the committee would adversely affect the GDS employees. Therefore we strongly oppose the report. We have conveyed our strong protest to the Department of posts.
The major recommendations and the details of the second memorandum requesting amendments submitted by us are furnished below.

Recommendations.
(1) Stamp sales should be managed by counter PA and depending the Franchisee
and Licenced stamp vendors.Unjustified GDS SV posts should not be filled.
(2) Avoid filling up of the GDS packer vacancies in LSG/HSG offices according
to the existing rules. Officials in ‘ Gr C’ cadre should be appointed in these posts.
(3) Divert the GDS posts from RMS Mail office and attach Gr D, part time staff in these posts.
(4) EDsos in rural/ Urban areas to be abolished.
(5) To Upgrade or close EDsos in urban areas. EDsos in rural area to be down graded as ED Bos.
(6) Distance covered to be taken as radial and distance by road should not be
concidered. To reorganise the office which do not satisfy the distance.
(7) The work load of GDS will contunice as per the existing point system with
the amendments suggested in cash handling , stamp sales.
(8) Time factor for RPLI premium to be equal to PLI
(9) To revise the work load of the BPM yearly and to revise the allownace on the basis of revised work load
(10) OMA to be revised as Rs.100/- Pm
(11) Condition of 10 KM for cycle maintence allowance to be discontinuied and to grant this allowance in all cycleable area.
(12) Boat alloance to be granted subject to a max of Rs.50/-pm.
(13) BPM to be given Rs 100/- including transportation charge for conveyance of cash to AO by BPM.
(14) FSC for BPM/GDSPM to be given Rs.25/- as FSC and Rs.10/- for GDS performing delivery work.
(15) Combined duty allowance to be revised as Rs.500/- Rs.250/- only for those performing either delivery work or mail conveyance.
(16) Rs.25/- to be granted daily for GDS MC/MD for doing the additional duties in other posts.
(17) Committee to be constitued for verification/cheking of TRCA
(18) Revised TRCA to be given effect from 01-01-06 and other suggestions (allowances etc ) to be implemented from the date of issue of orders.
(19) TRAC to be paid to Posb a/c
(20) Commission @ 1% to be granted for RD deposits also.
(21) Incentive for RPLI, whole life insurance, CWL policy to Rs. 250/- and for, EA , AEA, childrens policy Rs.400/-

(22) Exgratia @ Rs.1/2 months Basic allowance for every completed year of service subject to a maximum of Rs.60000/-
(23) Eligibility for exgratia revised from 15 years service to 10 years service.
(24) Service Discharge Benefit
Govt would contribute Rs.200/- Pm towards the fund. Agencies like PLI would be entrusted with work of handling the fund. This amount would be paid monthly to the GDS discharged from the service or to the spouse of GDS employee dying while in service.
(25) Welfare Scheme recommendations
1) Immediate relief on death Rs.8000/-
2) For Natural Calamities Rs. 750/-
(3) TB paitents for diets (admitted cases only) 200/-
(4) GDS including spouse admitted in Govt/ Private Hospital a combined Health insurance scheme to be introduced.
(5) Recommended financial assistance for GDS and spouse for Hospital treatment after discharge also.

(26) For women GDS employees having minimum one year Service maternity allowance equal to 3 months TRCA from welfare fund, for the service first 2 children.
(27) 10 days half yearly paid leave to be 20 days paid leave per annum.
(28) All GDS employees should have proficiency in the regional language and should have studies regional language upto 8th standard.
(29) The provision the GDS BPM/GDS SPM should take residence to be made strict.
(30) Transfer to be restricted in the division for women employees, retrenched and employees recruited under compassionate grounds.
(31) Security to be revised to Rs.25000/- for GDS BPM / GDS SPM and Rs.10000/- for other GDS employees.
(32) Weightage to be given to candidates having 10+2 for GDS BPM /SPM Posts.
For compassionate appointment to these posts. No relaxation in the educational qualification. Relaxation to be given in other GDS posts only.
(33) GDS discharge age to be reduced to 62 from 65.
(34) Selection committee to be constituted for GDS appointment and to fill up the vacancies quarterly.
(35) For recognition of a second union the condition of 15% membership to be revised as 30000/- membership.
(36) Computerisation
1. Supply cell phone to Bos
2. To popularise Electctronic system to avoid delay in payment of Mo’s.
3. To introduce issue of NSC/KVP through selected Bos
4. To enhance the maximum single withdrawal from SB in Bos from 2000/- to 5000/-
5. To introduced Railway ticket booking through selected Bos.
37. To make available a table , three chairs, one form rack, one steel almirah a safe for keeping cash, one digital weighing scale, one leather cash bag and one Book of Bo Rules.
38. There is special mention about the responsibilities of Mail overseers regard ing. Details of the second memorandam requesting amendments in GDS Committee and modifications.

MODIFICATIONS SOUGHT IN THE GDS COMMITTEE REPORT
1. Wage Structure
The Committee did not consider the established factor of pro-rata wages on par with the Departmental employees and scrapped all the relativities that were established by the previous Committees. The multiplication factor of 1.86 times given to the regular Govt. servants is not recommended, but recommened only 1.74 times. The Committee while agreeing enhancement of 5% TRCA in lieu of 50% merger did not take this 5% while fixing the basic allowance of the GDS employees. The Committee instead of taking the corresponding scale of P.A., Postman and Group D for BPM, EDDA and EDMC respectively, fixed the hourly rate based on the non existing and non improvised pay band of Group C for the GDS as detailed below which is irrational.

Col.(1) GDS Cadre. Col.(2) Corresponding cadre of Dept. (3) Min.Basic implemented by the 6th CPC. Col(4) Hoourly rate based on the 6th CPC. Col.(5) Hourly rate recommended by the GDS Committee. Col.(6) Corresponding pay band and grade pay base3d on which hourly rate is fixed. C0l.(7) Minimum basic based on pro-rata wages.

GDS Postal Asst. 9910 1321 915x3=2745 4860 + 2000 4230
BPM

GDS Postman 8460 1128 888x3=2664 4860 + 1800 3963
MD
GDS
Pkr
Cum Group 7000 933 765x3=2295 4440 + 1300 3499
MC


While arriving at scales the Committee reduced the previous TRCA of GDS M.D and GDS Packer from 3.45 hours to in respect of BPMs the two scales already existing were split into five scales.
Benefit of 5% TRCA:
The Committee has recommended that the 5% TRCA granted in lieu of 50% DA merger to regular employees absorption in future increments. This 5% TRCA was enhanced by Finance and in fixation this may be added.
Pay Scales and working hours:-
i) The BPMs are now provided with new time factors for the new services like RPLI, B.D. Activities, etc. and it is pertinent to open the Branch Office for a minimum of 4 hours, and hence, it is requested minimum TRCA for BPM should be fixed for 4 hours. Some BPMs are working for more than 5 hours and hence TRCA up to 6 hours in necessary.
ii) The Department had already agreed the minimum pay scale (TRCA) for GDS employees – MC/Pkr/MD for 3 hours 45mts. There is no reason in reducing the present scale of 3 hrs. 45 mts. to 3 hrs. Almost all the GDS employees are working more than 3 hrs. 45mts. The existing policy of the Department is to implement combination of duties and hence there may be no GDS with the work load below 3 hrs. 45mts.
iii) The GDS Committee recommended only 3 scales beginning from 3 hrs. and finally for more than 3 hrs. 45mts. After the combination of duties, the work load of some GDS MD/Pkr/MC exceeds 5 hrs to 6 hrs. In the proposed pay scale, there is no scale after 3 hrs 45 mts. To compensate the excess work load, a scale after 4 hrs 45mts. Is necessary.
iv) There are GDS SPMs working for more than 5 hrs. in order to compensate them, second scale is necessary.
v) In fixing the working hours for GDS Packers, the presence that is required at the Departmental Office has also to be taken into consideration. Stamping of Bulk M. Os and bulk stamping on RD Pass Books may be entrusted officially to the GDS packer.

Increment (Annual Increase)
The GDS Committee has recommended annual increase ranging from 1.74% to 1.96% All the Departmental employees of all categories from Group D to higher posts without any discrimination, are getting incremental wage at the rate of 3% The same percentage of increment should be given to the GDS employees also.
Accordingly, the prorate wages should be as follows:
GDSMC/MP/Pkr
1. 3500 - 105 - 5600 for 3 hrs.45 mts (20 years)
2. 4440 - 135 - 7140 for 4 hrs.45 mts
3. 5370 - 165 - 8670 for 5hrs.45 mts.
GDSMD/GDSSV
1. 4230 - 130 - 6830 for 3 hrs.45 mts
2. 5360 - 165 - 8660 for 4 hrs 45 mts.
3. 6490 - 195 - 10390 for 5 hrs 45 mts.
BPM
1. 5280 - 160 - 8480 for 4 hours upto 100 points
2. 6600 - 200 - 10600 for 5 hrs upto 125 points
3. 7920 - 240 - 12720 for 6 hours upto 150 points.
Those BPMs who are working with more than 150 points should be compensated at the rate of Rs.50 per point.
GDS SPMs
1. 6600 - 200 - 10600 for 5 hrs.
2. 7900 - 240 - 12700 for 6 hrs.
FITMENT
The VIth CPC has recommended 40% hike as below:
Group D - Rs.1800
Postman - Rs. 2000
Postal Asst. - Rs.2400
The GDS employees may be given prorate hike as follows.
GDSMC/MP 1st Scale - Rs.900
2ndScale - Rs.1140

3rd Scale - Rs.1380
GDSMD/SV 1st Scale - Rs.1000
2nd Scale - Rs.1265
3rd Scale - Rs.1530
BPM 1st Scale - Rs.1200
2nd Scale - Rs.1520
3rd Scale - Rs.1840
GDSPM 1st Scale - Rs.1520
2nd Scale - Rs.1840
Bunching Increments
For every 2 increments accrued in the prerevised Scale, one bunching increment may be given.
Pay Fixation Formula
The following formula for Pay fixation may be adopted.
TRCA as on 01-01-2006 X1.86 + Fitment. The amount so arrived may be fixed to next stage with bunching increments if any.
Service Weightage
The Departmental employees are provided with 3 promotions under ACP, The same promotional policy may be adopted to the GDS employees also. The department may consider two increments for every 10 years service in their existing TRCA, which means for 10 years 2 increments, for 20 years 2 more increments (total 4 increments) and for 30 years 2 more increments (total 6 increments)
Dearness Allowance
The Committee recommended computations of new rural COL index for grant of DA to GDS employees. This is totally unscientific. No Pay Commission has recommended this type of discriminatory system for DA. The price index is the same in urban and rural areas and the cost of some of the essential commodities is more in rural areas. The GDS employees are working in rural, urban and semi –urban and Departmental employees also working in all these areas. This discriminatory recommendation may be summarily rejected.
Service Discharge Benefit Scheme (Pension )
For Departmental employees, minimum pension and also minimum Family Pension will be Rs. 3500. Under Service Discharge Benefit scheme (Pension) to the GDS employees, Minimum amount of pension and minimum Family Pension should be Rs. 1750/- and Rs.875/- respectively.
As per the Committee report, the average age of entry into GDS Service is in the range of 35 to 40 years. The committee recommended Rs.1500 for the completed year of service as Severance Amount and a maximum of Rs. 60000. But no GDS will get Rs. 60000 as the GDS on an average have the service of 22 years only, if the retirement age is taken as 62 and the average payment of severance amount is around Rs. 32500 only. The maximum limit of Rs. 60000 is to be raised to Rs.150000 and the Rs.1500 should be raised to Rs. 5000.

Gratuity:
The Committee recommended exgratia gratuity to a maximum of Rs. 60000 or 16-1/2 months basic TRCA calculated at the rate of half a month’s TRCA for each completed year of Service. The Committee recommended basic TRCA of GDS ranging from Rs.2295 to Rs.4575, the average being Rs.3500+1500 incremental average and there is no rationale in fixing the maximum gratuity as Rs.60000. As per the Supreme Court Judgment full gratuity (which includes DA) has to be paid without any ceiling.
Productivity linked Bonus
Government of India after careful consideration decided to continue PLB in the present form. It is not understood why the GDS committee has reopened this. The ceiling is fixed and will be applicable only in the case of higher salaried people. The intention of putting this ceiling is not to curb the interests of the low paid employees. The GDS Committee also unreasonably recommended that exgratia Bonus for GDS may be calculated by limiting the average TRCA plus DA to 50% of the ceiling to lowest category of the Departmental employees. This is unfair and unrealistic. Their TRCA is already less then 50% compared with departmental employees, their counter parts. The Bonus Act and ceiling of Rs.3500/- does not refer to any actual monthly salary of any employee. The present formula applicable to the Departmental employees should apply to GDS also.
Promotion and Recruitment:
i) Upgradud Group D:- The Committee in Para No.17.26 recommended recruitment to the Group D through examination. This recommendation will deny the promotion to the existing senior GDS employees. This should be rejected.
ii) The Committee also recommended not to allow transfers to the multi-skilled Group C by modifying the existing Rule 38. There is no local character for employment to the departmental employees. This should be rejected.

iii) The Committee recommended modification of recruitment rules for postmen / Mailguard categories. 25 % of the vacancies from Group D with matriculation qualification and 50% of the outsider vacancies to GDS and 25% vacancies through outsiders. These recommendations will drastically reduce the promotion chances of GDS. Present recruitment rules should be continued without any modification.
Transfer:
The Department already is implementing limited transfer facility to the GDS employees under five categories . But the Committee restricted the transfer facility. The Honourable Minister of state in his open letter had committed that request transfer to GDS will be liberally considered. The commitment should be honoured and all request transfers should be considered with service benefit.
Medical Facilities.
Medical insurance scheme for getting out patient and in patient treatment in private / Corporate hospitals may be intruduced the premiums may bebrone by the department The recommendation of the Committee that the insurance premiums may be contributed jointly by Government and this is not justified as the GDS is a law paid employee and hence the entire premiums should be borne by the Department.
Combination of duties
The Department is resorting to combination of duties as first preference in a large scale. Recommendations of the Committee are retrogate. The recruitment rules vary to each post. The BPM and GDSMD will undergo training for doing the skilled duties. These posts carry separate pay scales. Combining these posts with small remuneration is nothing but exploitation of labour. Hence we oppose the combination of duties. When this is resorted to for short periods, the average of the pay scale should be given.
OMA
The department already proposed to introduce computers and BPM is already paying electricity bills on commercial tariff in some states. The OMA recommended is very meager. The Honble MO (S) already committed to provide fan etc to the BOs. We therefore suggest OMA of Rs 200/plus payment of electricity charges by providing separate metre.
Mode of payment through Bank

The GDS are scattered in the rural areas where there are no banks. Now they are taking payment at their BOs. They have to travel to the bank place and lot of difficulties are involved. The MOF already suggested not to implement this to low paid employees. Moreover, the remittance of cash on the last working day (pay day) by account office to BOs cannot be avoided.

Leave:
i) The accumulation of leave should be allowed without one year restriction to allow the GDS to avail paid leave in case of exigencies like sickness. Prorata casual leave should also be given for shorttime casualities.
ii) We request that female Gramin Dak sevaks to fulfill the role of maternity, may be paid 6 month paids leave on par with Departmental employees not from the wefare found but from the Government Exchequer. In GDS, there not many female gramin Dak Sevaks eligible for maternity leave. They are negligible. Let the Department honour this obligation with humanitarian out look.
Medical Insurance Scheme for getting out patient and in patient treatment in private Corporate Hospitals may be introduced and the premiums may be brone by the Department. The recommendation of the Committee that the
Committee set up to examine GDS Committee recommendation :
A Committee has been set up by government to examine implementation of the GDS committee report with Sri.P.K.Gopinath CPMG Delhi Circle ( Chairman) Sri. SK Chakravarthy CPMG NE Circle, Sri.K.Ramanujam PMG Chennai, Sri. K.K.Sharma DPS (HQ) Banglore, and Dr. Brijesh Singh Director PAI as members. The report of this committee is expected to be submitted to the Department by December 2008.
We have already submitted a second memorandum for consideration of the above said Committee on 24-11-08 ( Details already given ) The chairman has invited the federation and General Secretary for a discussion on 18-12-08.
We will not at any cost compromise with out long pending demands like Prorata Wages, Pension, Full gratuity, Maternity leave.
Besides mobilising the organisation machinery we are leaving no stone unturned to extert political pressure also in achieving our demands. A special convention was held in Khammam division in Andhra circle on 07-12-08. Smt Renuka Chowdhary Honble Minister for Social Welfare (state) inaugurated the convention. A memorandum was submitted to her under the leadership of our president Shri. G.Sathya Narayana Reddy in the convention. She has promised every help in achieving our legitimate demands.

I have started all movements to meet Sri. A K Antony Hon’ble Minister for defence, Smt Renuka Chowdari Honble Minister for social welfare Sri. A Raja Minis ter for communication, Sri Scindya Honble Minister of state for communication, Sri. E Ahamed Minister of State for external affairs , Sri. Vayalar Ravi, Minister of Parlimentary affairs and Sri. Rahul Gandhi General Secretary AICC, between 15th and 20th Dec.08. Effort is being made to meet Smt.Sonia Gandhi UPA Chairperson to apprise her of the plight of GDS employees.
We believe that strong political pressure from all corners are required if we are to achieve the basic demands of GDS employees .If all our efforts fail. We warn the authorities that FNPO will be second to none in the agitational programme.
GDS Committee report and FNPO strategy
(1) GDS Committee report was submitted to Minister Communications on 29-10-08.
(2) After a through study we assessed that the report would adversely affect the GDS employees.
(3) The matter was seriously discussed under the leadership of Sri.D.Theagarajan Secretary General.
(4) One Committee was formed under the chairmanship of Sri.P.K Gopinathan CPMG Delhi circle
(5) FNPO Submitted a memorandum to this committee on 24-11-08.
(6) Federation and GDS Union is invited for a discussion on the basis of this memorandum on 18-12-08.
Our further course of action will be decided after this meeting.
After submission of VI pay Commission report, a committee under the chairmanship of cabinet secretary was constituted and the said committee discussed various matter with service associations. It was through their discussions that the associations could convince the government about the right of the employees for increased benefits. It was through these discussions central Govt employees could get more benefits than recommended by VI pay panel. Like wise we expect increased benefits through the ensuing discussions on 18-12-08 and political pressure from all corners. If no favaourable decsion is taken even after discussions and political pressure we will have to resort to agitational programmes.
( The relevent portions of the GDS committee report and memorandum sub mitted to Gopinath Committee have already be circulated to the circle unions ) .

GDS Committee reports and the Strategy of NEPE/NFPEGDS Union
1. NFPE GDS union has not submitted any memorandum or begun any discus sions till the expiry of seven Months of setting up of the GDS Committee which had to submit its report with in 12 months.
2. They co-operated only when there were 2 months to expire the term the committee.
3. When the term of the committee was extended by three months the NFPE GDS union which did cooperate with the committee for 7 months opposed the extension of term of the committee.
4. When the GDS Committee report was submitted to the Minister on 29-10-08 NFPE started mal propogation that the report has been accepted by the Govt and demanded for a new commission rejecting the report of Nataraja Murthy Committee.
5. They set fire to the Nataraja Murthy Committee report to gather support for their strategy that they not approve the recommendation of the committee.
6. They submitted their second memorandum after strong pressure from NFPE GDS members
7. NFPE GDS union served stricke notice on 02-12-08 to stricke work from 17-12-08 without consulting NFPE federation or other unions / Federations.
8. At the same NFPE All India convention was heldin Guntur in AP Circle and the constituent unions of P III , PIV R III, R IV of NFPE decided to serve strike notice on 19/12/08 to stricke work from 6th January 09. That is NEPE GDS union only strike work on 17/12/08. The other unions in NFPE Keep away from their strike. The Gopinath Committee invites the unions for discussion on 18/12/08 in advance. All NFPE unions except NFPE GDS union serve strike notice on 19/12/08 ie NPPE GDS union Strike work on 17/12/08 and other unions strike work after 21 day.It is evident that NFPE is not ready to co-operate with each other for the upliftment of GDS employees. But at the same time they shed corcodile tears in the name of GDS employees . We have to educate the GDS employees about this state of affairs.
The stand of FNPO and NUGDS are transparent. We try to settle the issues through negotiations and legitimate ways. If the authorities are not ready to take a positive stand we will have to paralyse the department by strking work under the leadership of FNPO.
We have to gear up the union machinery and educate the rank and file to face any eventuality. Other unions may try to creat confusion and anti worker propogation. Divisional committees have to contact the circle union and the circle union in turn may contact CHQ in case of any doubt.
The phone numbers of all General Secretaries and wide circle secretaries are furnished below for information.

With Warm New Year Greetings.
P.U.Muraleedharan
General Secretary
Cell Numbers of S/G and GS’S
D.Theagarajan Secretary General,FNPO 09444841440
P.U.Muraleedharan G/S. NUGDS 09446436592
D.Kishan Rao G/S. NUPE Group C 09440065675
T,N,Rahate G/S. P IV 09869121277
O.P. Khanna G/S. Admn 011 26181306
S.P.Kulkarni G/S SBCO 09767687485
S.Sidiki G/S R IV 09415424116
Cell Numbers of Circle Secretaries of NUGDS and Group C
Andra Pradesh G.Sathya Narayana Reddy (All India President) 9908350190
Karnataka M.P.Chitrsena 9448742049
Bihar Ram Nandan Singh 9431672133
J&K Majeed Dhar 9419773999
J&K G.M.Wani (Group C) 9419022132
Rajasthan Madanlal Sharma 9784148061
Tamilnadu Kothanda Raman 9442253663
Himacal Pradesh Mohamtal Guptha 9816462840
Gujarath J.B. Pandya 9427058280
Orissa Gowtham Das 9938358793
West Bengal Renjit Sarcar 9474409937
UP CS P III 9415534528
Hariyana CS P III 9992020001
MP CS P III 9826768326
Jharkand CS P III 9430319460
North East CS P III 9862630735

Copy of General Secretary, NUGDS, Letters to all the Ministers Govt. of India regarding grant of Pension to GDS.

No. GDSC/ MIN/ December 08 Date: 11.12.2008
To,
Shri. A. Raja
Hon: Union Cabinet Minister for Communication & IT
Govt of India
New Delhi
Respected Sir,
Sub: Grant of Pension, Maternity leave to ED (Now Gramin Dak Sevak) employees
As a part of implementation of VI pay commission report the Sri.R.S.Natarajamurthi committee looking in to the revision of wage structure and other service conditions of GDS has submitted its reported to Minister for Communications on 29.10.08.
FNPO and the constituent unions had submitted a memorandum to Sri.S.R.Natarajamurthi on 16.10.07 with a copies being endorsed to your good self, Sri. P.J.Kurian M.P (RS), Dr. Sri. Sanjeevareddy M.P (RS) President INTUC, and Suresh Kodikunnel Ex M.P. A note containing the modifications required in the Nataraja Murthi Committee report was submitted to the Sri.P.K.Gopinath committee examining the implementation of the committee report on 24.11.08.
FNPO has mainly demanded in both the memorandums pension, maternity leave, to women GDS employees, prorate wages and exgratia gratuity to GDS. Among these FNPO desires that pension and maternity leave may be implemented as detailed below.
Pension
Various types of pension schemes are introduced to the organized and unorganized sector. Honourable Prime Minister has declared that a minimum pension of Rs. 400/- per month will be granted to all senior citizens above 65 years. But strangely enough, the ED employees in the postal department has not been granted a single paise as pension even after elapse of 62 years after independence of the country. It is the ED employees spread in 7 lakh villages that the various pension such as Agricultural Pension, Old Age Pension, Widow Pension, Handicapped pension, TB/ Cancer Pension and Beedi workers pension etc …. are being distributed. It is an irony that ED Employees distributing all these pensions are not given any pension.

The GDS employees are not in a position to get the pension recently declared by the Hon: Prime Minister. Therefore we appeal to your good self to interfere in the matter and to take necessary steps to modify the Nataraja Murthi committee report to this extent.
The minimum wages of the Group-D employees of Central Government is 7000/- and the minimum pension is 3500/-. As such the GDS employees with a workload of 5 hours are eligible at Rs. 1750/- as pension and Rs. 875/- as Family pension.
Maternity leave
Out of the 2,75,000 (Two lakh Seventy Five Thousand) GDS employees working in the department, Women GDS employees numbering below 25000 are working in the department. Among this employees there are only 7500 employees between the age group of 20 and 40. This shows that only a small group of women employees require maternity leave. But not even a single day is granted as maternity leave even after 62 years have elapsed after independence. Our government is making legislations to reserve 33% of the legislative membership to women. The culture of our country is to pay respect of womanhood and motherhood.
The Honourable President of India is a lady. Smt. Soniyaji Gandhi one of the strongest women in the world is heading the body controlling the national Government. In a democratic country like ours, it is very strange and pathetic that women employees are ignored for a long period. The FNPO desires that justice may be meted out to the women GDS employees. Earnest efforts from the part your good self is solicited in solving this long pending Issue.
The suggestion of the NUGDS in this regard is furnished below.
The VI pay commission has revised the maternity leave of central govt employees from 135 days to 180 days up to 2 children. The social welfare Ministry had taken special interest in enhancing the leave. Shri.R.S.Nataraja Murthy has recommended for GDS employees 3 months Basic TRCA (Pay) from welfare fund which is maintained out of the monthly contributions made by the employees. This recommendation has lost the sprit of the maternity in its totality. Therefore we request that a proportionate maternity leave of 3 months for children up to 2 may be granted to GDS employees. Besides child care leave up to one year for 2 children may grant GDS employees. The leave benefit eligible for departmental staff for abortion/ medical termination of pregnancy may be also be made available for GDS employees. We pray your good self to interfere and initialize your influence and make earnest effort to achieve this legitimate demand.

The pension and maternity leave for GDS employees should not be viewed in a financial point of view but as a part of social justice. We pray your good self to intervene to achieve this goal.
Yours respectfully
sd/--------------
PU Muraleedharan
General Secretary
N:B: The above letter was sent to all the Ministers of the Govt. of India and Shri. Rajiv Gandhi requesting them to use their influence with the Govt. and see that GDS gets the benefits

Friday, December 12, 2008

Secretary General, FNPO Met Shri.P.K.Gopinath, CPMG, Delhi.

Today afternoon our Secretary General, FNPO Shri.D.Theagarajan met Shri.P.K.Gopinath, CPMG, Delhi Circle and who is the Chairman of the Committed appointed by the Department to examine and implent the GDS Committee (Sri.R.S.Natarajamurti) recommendations and had a hour long disucssion. The following issues were discussed :
1. Modified TRCA on prorata basis.
2. Existing Bonus formula should continue.
3. Existing DA which is paid to the regular departmental officials should be paid the GDS also.
The Secretary General has informed him that there cannot be any compromise on the above issues.
Detailed Circular will be issued in due course.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Additional duties for Postman / Delivery Staff

No. 25 – 20 / 2008 PE. I 25.11.2008
Subject: - Additional duties for Postman / Delivery Staff
On account of changes in work scenario of the Post Offices brought about due to the induction of technology and primacy of business products, the duties and responsibilities of the postman have undergone a vast change. In order to incorporate these changes, the following duties are prescribed in addition to the duties already prescribed for Postman/Delivery Staff in the Postal Manual Volume VI/ Chapter III.

Additional Duties of Postman / Delivery Staff :
(i) Data Entry in various modules (Postman, Speednet) of Meghdoot software of all mail articles given to them for delivery. This duty will be performed during the 80minutes period (60 minutes before the hours of delivery and 20 minutes after return from the beat) on each working day within the overall duty hours
(ii) Assistance to Sorting Postman/Head Postman in beat sorting, whenever available. Where there are no posts of Sorting Postman / Head Postman, the Postman will attend to beat sorting.
* Delivery of any pamphlets or Brochures presented under Direct Post.
* Collection of surplus cash from sub Post Offices lying in the beat and remitting cash to the main post office to which they are attached, whenever ordered by the Postmaster.
* Assisting in Table sorting, Segregation of missent articles, misdirected articles and Beat sorting.
* Preparation of special delivery slips for bulk addressees by data entry in the postman module.
*Sorting of accountable articles and Money Orders beat wise and their entry in the computer system for printing the delivery slips.
*Entry of undelivered accountable articles/money Orders in the postman module.
*To act as an agent for promoting PLI/RPLI and Business Development Products.
* Assistance to the treasurers in sorting of the currency notes and making bundles denomination wise and also escort the treasurer while drawing and remittance of cash to Bank/Treasury.
*Drawal of revenue stamps from treasury/sub treasury if ordered by the Postmaster.
* Utilizing the services for data entry of RPLI / PLI proposals and generating acceptance memos for policies on payment of some incentive.
* Preparing the beat list and the beat map of the beat and updating the same on a regular basis.
* Any other duty assigned by the Department / Head of the office.
2. This has the approval of Secretary (Posts)

Friday, November 28, 2008

Strike 2000 - To be treated as Leave - Letter from the dept. to all Circles.

Govt. of India
Ministry of Communications & I T
Department of Posts
(SR Section)
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi 110 001
No. 1`0-12/2007 - SR Dated 27-10-2008
To
All Heads of Circles
Subject:- Strike of Postal employees/GDS w.e.f 5.12.2000 to 18-12-2000 decided under the principle 'No work no pay' - its conversion in to leave.
The Hon'ble Minister of Communications & IT has decided to treat the period of strike from 05-12-2000 to 18-12-2000 as E.L accumulated during the year 2000-2001. which may be worked out and communicated to Directorate before giving effect in this order for making budgetary provision. This will be subject to the officials making specific request in this regard which will be examined in the Directorate in terms of provisions contained in F.R 17-A and the relevant guidelines dealing with the subject.
The claim being time brred all provisions relating to the pre-audit of bills will need to be taken care of. Necessary action may be taken to comply with the order of the Hon'ble minister. The Hon'ble Minister has taken the above decision as a one-time measure and it is not to be quoted as precedent.
sd/ Subash Chander
Director (SR & Legal)

Friday, November 21, 2008

No Daily allowance on tour

The Min. of Finance vide its O.M.No. 19030/3/2008 - E.IV dated 19th November 2008 has clarified that"Daily allowance in monetary terms is no longer admissible to CentralGovenment employees on tour. It is further clarfied that only the actual expenditure incurred within the prescribed limits will be reimbursed as per normal procedure of reimbursement."

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Child Care Leave for Women C.G Employees

The Cental Govt. had modified its stand regrding child care leave for women C.G employees and now clariified that employees who are having E.L at their credit are eligible for this leave. The order issued is reproduced for information.
The NUPE- opposes the above order and taken up with the staff side Secretary of the JCM and urged him to take up this with the Govt.of India immediately.
No. 130 18/2/2008-Estt. (L)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)
..... l'
" "- New Delhi, dated the 18th November, 2008.
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject: Child Care Leave in respect of Central Government employees as a result
of Sixth Central Pay Commission - clarification regarding -
The order regarding introduction of Child Care leave (CCL) in respect of Central Government employees were issued vide this Department's O.M. of even number dated 11th September, 2008. Subsequently, clarification in this regard were also issued vide O.M. dated 29th September, 2008.

2. Consequent upon the implementation of orders relating to Child Care Leave, references has been received from various sections regarding the procedure for grant of this leave etc. In this connection, it is mentioned that the intention of the Pay Commission in recommending Child Care Leave for women employees was to facilitate women employees to take care of their children at the time of need.
However, this does not mean that CCL should disrupt the functioning of Central Government offices. The nature of this leave was envisaged to be the same as that of earned leave. Accordingly, while maintaining the spirit of Pay Commission's recommendations intact and also harmonizing the smooth functioning of the offices, the following clarifications are issued in consultation with the Department of Expenditure (Implementation Cell) with regard to Child Care Leave for Central Government employees:-
i) CCL cannot be demanded as a matter of right. Under no circumstances can any employee proceed on CCL without prior proper approval of the leave by the leave sanctioning authority.
ii) The leave is to be treated like the Earned Leave and sanctioned as such.
iii) Consequently, Saturdays, Sundays, Gazetted holidays etc. falling during the period of leave would also count for CCL, as in the case of Earned Leave.
iv) CCL can be availed only if the employee concerned has no Earned Leave at her credit.

3. Hindi version will follow.
~Bala Singh)
Unde ecretary to the Govt. ofIndia

Special Casual Leave C.G employees with disabilities

The Govt. had issued orders that C.G Employees with disabilities are entitled for 12 days special casual leave in a calendar year with effect from 1.9.2008. The order is reproduced below :
No. 25011 j 1j2008-Estt(A)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)

North Block, New Delhi, dated November, 2008
OFFIC E MEMORANDUM
Subject: - Sixth Central Pay Commission Recommendation – Special dispensation in the form of Special Casual Leave to Central Government Employees with disabilities.
The undersigned is directed to say that the Sixth Central Pay Commission had recommended that the number of Casual Leave available for employees with disabilities should be 12 days as against 8 days for other employees and it has been decided that the additional benefit of 4 days leave shall be granted in the form of Special Casual Leave. The undersigned is accordingly directed to convey the sanction of the Government that Central Government employees with disabilities as defined in the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995 may be granted Special Casual Leave for 4 (four) days in a calendar year for specific requirements relating to the disability of the official.

2. These Orders take effect from 1.9.2008.

3. Hindi version will follow

Thursday, November 13, 2008

13/14 days 2000 Strike salary

The Department has addressed all the Heads of Circles to intimate whether the officials who were on strike have got enough E L at their credit after obtaining a letter from the individual officials and the amount required for payment of salaries as per 2000 year pay. After obtaining the particulars, the department may go to Finance Ministry for the funds.
We don't think that the circles will respond quickly and therefore the issue may not be settled in the near future.

MoS meeting with Union Leaders

The Minister of State for Communications & I.T Shri.Jyotirajya Scindia invited the recognized Unions for a meeting on the 12th November 2008 at his office in Electronic Niketan at 11.00 A.M. The FNPO was represented by the S.G and General Secretaries of NUPE-C, NUPE PM&Gr.D and NURMSE Mail Guard and Group D. The Minister had appealed the Union leaders to give their unilateral support to Project Arrow, a scheme devised by him for serving the public in a most efficient manner. He said as a first step , he wanted the Post Offices to be provided with all modern amenities for which he could secure the required finance from the Govt. of India.
When some leaders pointed out that in delay delivery of letters is due to the present policy adopted by the department, he replied that he is aware of the problem and assured to overcome that after improving the infrastructure of the Post Offices.

Friday, October 24, 2008

GDS commission Flash...Flash

The Minister(S) insisted Chairman GDS commission to give gist of recommendations within 24 hours.
The Minister of state for communications asked Chairman to meet on 26th.The report is expected on 23-10-2008

14 days strike wages to Postal employees

The Minister of communications today insisted the Secretary Post to pay 14 days strke period wages immediately.orders are expected on Monday or end of the next week

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Bonus ceiling raised to GDS employees

After hectic negotiations between the Secretary (Posts) and the JCA, the Department had restored bonus ceiling to the GDS employees also to Rs.3500/-.
Orders issued today.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Bonus Ceiling

GDS DA ORDERS ALSO RELEASED TODAY - DEMONSTRATION CANCELLED

DA 7% in the Old Formula Granted for GDS from 1.7.2008

As Nataraja Murthi Committee is yet to submit the Report on GDS the DA from 1.7.2008 is now sanctioned on the basis of the old formula to three lakhs of GDS Employees. It will be 7% of the old formula. The Department of Posts has issued orders today granting 7% DA to GDS.
Bonus Ceiling order will be endorsed by department of posts on monday

Bonus Ceiling has been revised and an order enhancing the ceiling from 2500/= to 3500/= for Postal Employees and also for alll CG Employees w.e.f. 1.4.2006 is released by the Ministry of Finance today evening . Accordingly the endorsement orders of the Department is likely to be issued on Monday.
Demonstration Programme on monday cancelled

In this background the Demonstration Call given by the NFPE - FNPO Federations as well as by the Confederation stands cancelled.

D.Theagarajan
SG FNPO

D.Kishan Rao
General Secretary,
NUPE G-c

ALL INDIA CONFERENCEOF NUPE,GROUP C

THE NEXT ALL INDIA CONFERENCE WIL HELD AT AMBAJI,GUJARAT FROM 28TH DECEMBER TO30TH DECEMBER 2008. AMBAJI IS 100 KM FROM AHMEDABAD AND 40 KMS FROM PALAMPUR.NOTICE AND DETAILS WILL FOLLOW.START RESERVATIONS
TO AVOID INCONVIENIENCE
DK RAO GENERAL SECRETARY NUPEGC

DEMONSTRATIONS INEVITABLE FOR QUICK ACTION

HOLD NATIONWIDE PROTEST DEMONSTRATIONS OVER DELAY

PROTEST AGAINST DELAY IN RELEASE OF BONUS CEILING ORDER TO POSTAL EMPLOYEES AND OTHER CG EMPLOYEES

CONFEDERATION CALLED UPON TO DEMONSTRATE AND SEND SAVINGRAM TO CABINET SECRETARY

NFPE AND FNPO – BOTH FEDERATIONS CALL UPON ALL CIRCLE / DIVISIONAL / BRANCH SECRETARIES OF ALL UNIONS TO HOLD SPONTANEOUS PROTEST DEMONSTRATIONS IN FRONT OF ALL WORK SPOT ON MONDAY – 13.10.2008 AND SEND THE FOLLOWING SAVINGRAM / FAX TO CABINET SECRETARY:

TEXT OF SAVINGRAM / FAX / TELEGRAM

Fax No: 01123012095

To

The Cabinet Secretary,

Government of India
Rashtrapathi Bhawan Annexe

New Delhi - 110001

'KINDLY INTERVENCE AND EXTEND THE

REVISED BONUS CELLING BENEFIT TO

POSTAL AND ALL CG EMPLOYEES'

_____________________________ Circle / Divisional / Branch Secretary

Friday, October 3, 2008

Bonus ceiling raised to Rs.3500/-.

Press Information Bureau of Ministry of Railways is reporduced below :
The Union Cabinet today gave its approval for payment of Productivity Linked Bonus equivalent to 73 days wages to the eligible non-gazetted Railway employees for the financial year 2007-2008. The Govt. also decided to enhance the wages ceiling from Rs.2500/- to Rs.3500 per month with effect from 1.4.2006 for payment of Productivity Linked Bonus to all eligible Govt. employees in addition to employees of the Raillways.
Acordingly Bonus for the years of 2006 -7 and 2007-08 will be calculated on the basis of the revised ceiling of Rs.3500/-.

Bonus Ceiling

The S.G., FNPO had sent telegrams on the 1st October 2008 to the Hon'ble Minister for Communications & I.T Shri. A.Raja, MoS Shri. Jyotidraj Scindia and Secretary (Posts) requesting them to remove the cap on bonus ceiling from Rs.2500 to Rs.3500/-. To day detailed letters were also sent to the above by fax.
The S.G., FNPO had already initiated action on this issue on 19.9.2008 and met the Secretary (Posts) and submitted a detailed a letter requesting to raise the bonus ceiling from Rs.2500 to Rs.3500/-.

Salary for the Strike held in December 2000

It is learnt that Hon'ble Minister for Communications & I.T Shri.A.Raja, had issued orders on file to treat the 13/14 days strike period in December 2000 as leave. Let us hope that the bureaucracy in the Department of Posts will implement this order now.
=General Secretary

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Revision of Family Planning Allowance for adoption of small family norms

The allowance will be related to the Grade Pay corresponding to the post againstg which the employee concerned had initially earned or will earn the Family Planning Allowance. All other terms and conditions governing the grant of Family Planning Allownace shall remain unchanged.
These Orders will be effective from 1st September 2008.
1. Grade Pay - 1300 - 1400 - 1600 - 1650 - 1800 - 1900 - 2000 - 2400 --Alloacne Rs. 210/-.
2. Grade Pay Rs. 2800 ----- Allowance Rs. 250/-.
3. Grade Pay - Rs. 4200 --- Allowance Rs. 400/-.
4. Grade Pay Rs. 4600 ----- Allowance Rs. 450/-.
5. Grade Pay Rs. 4800 ----- Allowance Rs. 500/-.
6. Grade Pay Rs. 5400-------Allowance Rs. 550/-.
7. Grade Pay Rs.6600--------Allowance Rs. 650/-.
8. Grade Pay Rs. 7600--------Allowance Rs. 750/.
9. Grade Pay Rs. 8700 --------Allowance Rs.800/-.
10 GradePay Rs. 8900--------Allowance Rs.900/-.
1.Grade Pay Rs.10000--------Allowance Rs.1000/-.

Bonus for the year 2007 - 2008

60 days bonus is declared and orders issued yesterday by the Postal Department. The ceililng is also not revised to Rs.3500/-. Hence payment will be made on the basis of the old ceililng of Rs.2500.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Revision of Conveyance allowance from 1.9.2008

Col No.1. Average monthly travel on official duty. Col.2: For Journeys by own motor car. Col. 3 . Other modes of conveyance.
(1) 201 - 300 Kms (2) Rs.1120 (3) Rs.370
(2)301-450 Kms . (2) Rs.1680 (3) Rs.480.
(3) 451-600 Kms. (2)Rs. 2070 (3) Rs.640
(4)601-800 Kms. (2) Rs.2430 (3)Rs.750
(5)Above 800 kms(2)Rs.3000 (3)Rs.850

New TA/ DA Rules from 1.9.2008

The Grade Pay will determine the TA/DA entitlement of the Central Govt. Servants.
Grade Pay Rs. 10,000 and above. Travel entitlement: Businces/Club Class by air/AC first class by train.
Grade pay of Rs.7600, Rs.8700 and Rs.8900. Treavel entitlement: Economy class by air/AC First Class by train.
Grade pay of Rs.5400 and Rs.6600. Travel entitlement : Economy Class by air/ AC II Tier class by train.
Grade pay of Rs.4200,Rs.4600 and Rs.4800. Travel entitlement: First Class/AC III Tier/AC Chair Car by train.
Daily Allowance on Tour
Grade pay of Rs.10,000 and above and those in pay scales of HAG + and above. Daily allowance : Reimbursement for Hotel accommodation/guest house of up to Rs.5000 per day; reimbursement of AC taxt charges of up to 50 kms. for travel within the city and reimbursement of food bills not exceeding Rs. 500 per day.
Grade pay of Rs.7600 to Rs. 8900. D.A;- Reimbursement for Hotel accommodation of up to Rs.3000 per day; reimbursement of non AC taxt charges of up to 50 kms. per diem for travel within the city and reimbursement of food bills not exceeding Rs.300 per day.
Grade pay of Rs.5400 to 6600: D.A:- Reiombursement for Hotel acommodation of up to Rs.1500 per day, reimbursement of taxt charges of up to Rs.150 per diem for travel within the city and reimbursement of food ;bills not exceeding Rs. 200 per day.
Grade pay of Rs.4200 to Rs.4800. D.A;- Reimbursement for Hotel accommodation of up to Rs.500 p[er day, reimbursement of travel chrages of up to Rs.100 per diem for travel within the city and reimbursement of food bills not exceeding Rs.150 per day.
Grade pay of below Rs.4200. D.A:- Reimbursement for Hotel accommodation of up to Rs.300 per day; reimbursement of travel charges of up to Rs.50 per diem for travel within the City and reimbursement of food bills not exceeding Rs.100 per day.

Letter of Acceptnce of ACP Scheme

Yesterday (29. 09.08) letter signed by both the Secretaries General (FNPO & NFPE) accepting the ACP Scheme was handed over to the Secretary, Department of Poss. The following is the text of the letter.
" Sub: - Acceptance of ACP Scheme for Postal Employees - reg.
Ref: Discussions on 16.09.2008 meeting taken by Member (P)
Sir,
Both the Federations consent to the introduction of 3 ACP Scheme to Postal Employees presently covered by TBOP / BCR Scheme on the basis of the discusions held in the meeting taken by Member (P) with both the Federations on 16th September 2008."
Thanking you,
Yours faithfully,
sd/ D. Theagarajan sd/ K.Ragavendran
Secretary General, FNPO Secretary General, NFPE

Sunday, September 28, 2008

ACP SCHEME - ACCEPTANCE BY BOTH THE FEDERTIONS

It is informed by the Secretary General, FNPO that both FNPO & NFPE will submit letters to the Department of Posts accepting the ACP Scheme on Monday, the 29th September 2008.
What is Assured Career Progression Scheme ?
According to DO P&T O.M.No. 35043-1/97-Estt.(D) dated 9.8.99, the fifth Central Pay Commission has ;made certain recommendations relating to the Assured Career Progression (ACP) Scheme for Central Government civilian employees in all Ministries/Department. The ACP Scheme needs to be viewed as a ‘Safety Net’ to deal with the problem of genuine stagnation and hardship faced by the employees due to lack or adequate promotional avenues. Accordingly after careful consideration it has been decided by the Government to introduce the ACP Scheme recommended by the Fifth Central Pay Commission with certain modifications.
2. Group ‘A’ Central Services.
In respect of Group ‘A’ central Services (Technical/Non Technical), no financial up gradation under the Scheme is being proposed for the reasons that promotion in their case must be earned. Hence, it has been decided that there shall be no benefits under the ACP Scheme for Group ‘A’ Central Services
3. Group ‘B’, ‘C’ nd ‘D’ Services/ Posts.
3.1 While in respect of these categories also promotion shall continue to be earned, it is proposed to adopt the ACP Scheme in a modified form to mitigate hardship in cases of acute stagnation either in a cadre or in an isolated post. Keeping in view all relevant factors, it has, therefore, been decided to grant two financial up gradations (now three financial up gradations) as recommended by the Fifth Central Pay Commission and also in accordance with the Agreed Settlement dated September 11, 1997 (in relation to Group C and D employees) entered into with the Staff Side of the National Council (JCM) under the ACP Scheme to Group ‘B’, ‘C’ and ‘D” employees on completion of 12 years (now 10 years) and 24 years (now 20 years and 30 years) (subject to condition no. 4 in Annexure I) of regular service respectively. Certain categories of employees such as casual employee (including those with temporary status), ad-hoc and contract employees shall not qualify for benefits under the aforesaid Scheme. Grant of financial up gradations under the ACP Scheme shall, however, be subject to the conditions mentioned in Annexure-I.

3.2 ‘Regular Service’ for the purpose of the ACP Scheme shall be interpreted to mean the eligibility service counted for regular promotion in terms of relevant Recruitment/Service Rules.

4. Introduction of the ACP Scheme should, however, in no case affect the normal (regular) promotional avenues available on the basis of vacancies. Attempts needed to improve promotion prospects in organizations/cadres on functional grounds by way of organizational study, cadre reviews, etc. as per prescribed norms should not be given up on the ground that the ACP Scheme has been introduced.

5. Vacancy based regular promotions, as distinct from financial up gradation under the ACP Scheme, shall continue to be granted after the screening by a regular Departmental Promotion Committee as per relevant rules/guidelines.
6. Screening Committee
6.1 A departmental Screening Committee shall be constituted for the purpose of processing the cases for grant of benefits under the ACP Scheme.

6.2 The composition of the Screening Committee shall be the same as that of the DPC, prescribed under the relevant Recruitment/Service Rules for regular promotion to the higher grade to which financial up gradation is to be granted.

6.3 In order to prevent operation of the ACP Scheme from resulting into undue strain on the administrative machinery, the Screening Committee shall follow a time schedule and meet twice in a financial year – preferably in the first week of January and July for advance processing of the cases. Accordingly, cases maturing during the first-half (April – September) of a particular financial year for grant of benefits under the ACP Scheme shall be taken up for consideration by the Screening Committee in the first week of January of the previous financial year. Similarly, the Screening Committee meeting in the first week of July of any financial year shall process the cases that would be maturing during the second-half (October-March) of the same financial year. For example, the Screening Committee meeting in the first week of January, 1999 would process the cases that would attain maturity during the period April 1, 1999 to September 30, 1999 and the Screening committee meeting in the first week of July, 1999 would process the cases that would mature during the period October 1, 1999 to March 31, 2000.
Annexure – 1
CONDITIONS FOR GRANT OF BENEFITS UNDER THE ACP SCHEME


1. The ACP Scheme envisages merely placement in the higher pay-scale/grant of financial benefits (through financial up gradation) only to the Government servant concerned on personal basis and shall therefore, neither amount to functional/regular promotion nor would require creation of new posts for the purpose.

2. The highest pay-scales up to which the financial up gradation under the Scheme shall be available will be Rs.14, 300-18300. Beyond this level, there shall be no financial up gradation and higher posts shall be filled strictly on vacancy based promotions.
(N.B: Now, the Govt. will have to change the above pay scale.—G.S)

3. The financial benefits under the ACP Scheme shall be granted from the date of completion of the eligibility period prescribed under the ACP Scheme or from the date of issue of these instructions whichever is later.

4. The first financial up gradation under the ACP Scheme shall be allowed after 12 years of regular service and the second up gradation after 12 years of regular service from the date of the first financial up gradation subject to fulfillment of prescribed conditions. In other words, if the first up gradation gets postponed on account of the employees not found fit or due to departmental proceedings, etc. this would have consequential effect on the second up gradation which would also get deferred accordingly.
{N.B; - Now, the Govt. should amend the above order as 10, 20 and 30 years.—G.S)
5.1 The financial up gradations under the ACP Scheme of the entire Government service career of an employee shall be counted regular promotions (including in-situ-promotion and fast track promotion availed through limited departmental competitive examination) availed from the grade in which an employee was appointed as a direct recruit. This shall mean that two financial up gradation under the ACP Scheme shall be available only if no regular promotions during the prescribed periods (12 and 24 Years) have been availed by an employee. If an employee has already got one regular promotion, he shall qualify for the second financial up gradation only on completion of 24 years of regular service under the ACP Scheme. In case two prior promotions on regular basis have already been received by an employee, no benefit under the ACP Scheme shall accrue to him.
5.2 Residency periods (regular service) for grant of benefits under the ACP Scheme shall be counted from the grade in which an employee was appointed as a direct recruit
6. Fulfillment to normal promotion norms (bench-mark, departmental examination, seniority-cum-fitness in the case of Group ‘D’ employees etc.) for grant of financial up grations, performance of such duties as are entrusted to the employees together with retention of old designations, financial up gradations as personal to the incumbent for the stated purpose and restriction of the ACP Scheme for financial and certain other benefits (House Building Advance, allotment of Government accommodation, advance etc.) only without conferring and privileges related to higher status ( e.g invitation to ceremonial functions, deputation to higher posts etc.) shall be ensured for grant of benefits under the ACP Scheme.

7. Financial up gradation under the Scheme shall be given to the next higher grade to in accordance with the existing hierarchy in a cadre/category of posts without, creating new posts for the purpose.

8. The financial up gradation under the ACP Scheme shall be purely personal to the employees and shall have no relevance to his seniority position. As such, there shall be no additional financial up gradation for the senior employee on the ground that the junior employee in the grade has got higher pay-scale under the ACP Scheme.

9. On up gradation under the ACP Scheme, pay of an employee shall be fixed under the provisions of FR-22(i)a(1) subject to a minimum financial benefit of Rs.100/- as per the Department of Personnel and Training Office Memorandum No. 1/6/97-Pay. I dated July 5, 1999. The financial benefit allowed under the ACP Scheme shall be final and so pay fixation benefit shall accrue at the time of regular promotion i.e., posting against a functional post in the higher grade.

10. Grant of higher pay-scale under the ACP Scheme shall be conditional to the fact that an employee, while accepting the said benefit, shall be deemed to have given his unqualified acceptance for regular promotion on occurrence of vacancy subsequently. In case that he refuses to accept the higher post on regular promotion subsequently, he shall be subject to normal debarment for regular promotion as prescribed in the general instructions in this regard. However, as and when he accepts regular promotion thereafter, he shall become eligible for the second up gradation under the ACP Scheme only after he completes the required eligibility service/ period under the ACP Scheme in the higher grade subject to the condition that the period for which he was debarred for regular promotion shall not count for the purpose. For example, if a person has got one financial up gradation after rendering 12 years of regular service and after 2 years there from if he refuses regular promotion and is consequently debarred for one year and subsequently he is promoted to the higher grade on regular basis after completion of 15 (12+2+1) of regular service, he shall be eligible for consideration for the second up gradation under the ACP Scheme only after rendering ten more years in addition to two years of service already rendered by him after r the first financial up gradation (2+10) in that higher grade i.e. after 25 years (12+2+1+10) of regular service because the debarment period of one year cannot be taken into account towards the required 12 years of regular service in that hither grade.
11. In the matter of disciplinary penalty proceedings, grant of benefits under the ACP Scheme shall be subject to rules governing normal promotion. Such cases shall, therefore, be regulated under the provisions of relevant CS (CCA) Rules 1965 and instructions there under.

12. The proposed ACP Scheme contemplates merely placement on personal basis in the higher pay-scale / grant of financial benefit only and shall not amount to actual/functional promotion of the employees concerned. Since orders regarding reservation in promotion are applicable only in the case of regular promotion, reservations orders/roster shall not apply to the ACP Scheme which shall extended its benefits uniformly to all eligible SC/ST employees also. However, at the time of regular/functional (actual) promotion, the Cadre Controlling Authorities shall ensure that all reservations orders are applied strictly.

13. Existing time-bound promotion scheme, including in-situ promotion scheme, in various Ministries/Departments may, as per choice continue to be operational for the concerned categories of employees. However, these schemes shall not run concurrently with the ACP Scheme. The Administrative Ministry/Department not the employees shall have the option in the matter to choose between the two schemes. i.e, existing time bound promotion scheme or the ACP Scheme, for various categories of employees. However, in case of switchover from, the existing time-bound promotion scheme to the ACP Scheme, all stipulations (viz., for promotion, redistribution of posts, up gradation involving higher functional duties, etc.) made under the former (existing) scheme would cease to be operative. The ACP Scheme shall have to be adopted in its totality.

14. In case of an employee declared surplus in his/her organization and in case of transfers including unilateral transfer on request, the service rendered by him/her in the previous organization shall be counted along with his/her regular service in his/her new organization for the purpose of giving financial up gradation under the Scheme; and
15. Subject to Condition No.4 above, in cases where the employees have already completed 24 years of regular service, with or without a promotion, the second financial up gradation under the scheme shall be granted directly. Further, in order to rationalize unequal level of stagnation, benefit of surplus regular service (not taken into account for the first up gradation under the scheme) shall be given at the subsequentl stage (second) of financial up gradation under the ACP Scheme as a one time measure. In other words, in respect of employees who have already rendered more than 12 years but less than 24 years of regular service, while the first financial up gradation shall be granted immediately, the surplus regular service beyond the first 12 years shall also be counted towards the next 12 years of regular service required for grant of the second financial up gradation and, consequently, they shall be considered for the second financial up gradation also as and when they complete 24 years regular service without waiting for completion of 12 more years of regular service after the first financial up gradation already granted under the Scheme.

(This Scheme is applicable to IPOsASPOs also.= G.S., NUPE-C)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Staff Side Meeting with Member (P) on 16.09.2008

The meeting was held on 16.9.2008 at Dak Bhawan. Staff Side consisting of FNPO & NFPE participated in the meeting.

1. The Department is agreeable to introduce ACP in the Dept. of Posts. The Department asked the staff side to give letter in writing agreeing for the ACP.

2. Group C cadre restructuring - The Department asked the staff side to submit a Note on the subject before the end of this month.

3. Supervisory Allowance - The Department will consider this issue in the course of cadre restructuring.

4. System Administrators - The department will consider favorably higher scale of pay.

5. PO & RMS Accountant - Separate scale of pay demanded. But the Department is not in favour.

6. Change of nomenclature Treasurers as Cashiers : The department is not in favor of changing the designation.

7.Artisan scale of pay :- This will be considered by the Anomaly Committee .

The Department will shortly form Anomaly Committee in the Department of Posts.



6.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Staf Side Meeting with Member (P) on 16.09.2008

The Department has called for a meeting with the Staff Side (FNPO & NFPE) on 16th September 2008 to consider the recommendations of 6th CPC and other allied matters. The FNPO and NFPE General Secfretaries are participating in the meeting.
The NUPE-C will demand implementation of the ACP scheme in the Dept. of Posts already accepted by the Govt.
The NUPE-C will demand better pay scale for System Administrators and Marketing Executives.
The NUPE-C will demand that LSG APM Accounts should be filled up on Circle basis and on the basis of year of passing of PO & RMS Accountants Examination. Though the recruitment rules are not amended or modified, many Circles violated this rule.
The NUPE-C will also demand cadre restructuring in respect of Group C employees.
The NUPE-C will support if department proposes filling up of supervisory posts seventy percent by seniority and 30% by examination.
Other details will be furnished after the meeting is over.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Dept.of Posts order on 6th CPC- Order No. 4-4-2008/PCC dt.4.9.2008

A copy of the Ministry of Finance (MOF) Gazette Notification vide G.S.R 622 (E) dated29.08.2008 promulgating the Central Civil Services (Revised Pay) Rules2008 is forwarded herewith along with the following other orders,notification of Revised Pay, Structures and illustrations regarding fixation of pay of the employees in the Revised Pay Scales & Option Proforma and orders relating to various Allowances and Pension are forwarded herewith for information, guidance and necessary action.

Sl.No. Letter/Notification Subject

1. Gazette Notification No.304 in File No.
1/1/2008-IC dt.29.08.2008 Resolution
2. 1/1/2008-IC dated 29.08.2008 Instruction reg.Pay and Payment
of arrears.

3. 1(3) /2008 - E.II(B) dt.29.08.2008 Dearness Allowance

4. 2(13)/2008-E.II(B) dt.29.08.2008 HRA & CCA

5. 31/2008-E.II (B) dt.29.08.2008 Spl.Comp.(Remote Loacality
Allowance)

6. 4 (2) 2008 E. II (B) dt.29.08.2008 Spl.Comp.(Hill Allowance)

7. 9(11) 208 E.II (B)dt.29.08.2008 Split Duty Allowance

8. 21(2) 2008 E. II (B) dt.29.08.2008 Transport Allowance

9. 5(1)2998 E.II (B) d9.08.2008 Bad climate Allowance

10. 6(3) 2008 E-II (B) dt.29.08.2008 Project Allowance

11. 11(6) 2008 E- II.(B) dt.29.08.2008 Spl.(Duty) Allowance in NE&
Ladakh

12. 12 (4) 2008 E- II (B) 29.08.2008 Hard Area Allowance

13. 12(3) 2008 E.-II (B) dt.29.08.2008 Island Spl(Duty)Allowance

14. 13 (1) 2008 E.II (B) dt.29.08.2008 Discontinuance of BorderArea
Allowance

15. 17 (1) 2008E.II(B) dt.29.08.2008 Schedule/TribalAllowance

16. 19039/3/2008- E.III (A) dt.30.08.2008 Cycle (Maintenance) Allowance

17. 7 (19) 2008 - E.III (A) dt.30.08.2008 NPA attached toMedical Officers

18. 7 (19) 2008 - E.III (A) dt.30.08.2008 NPA attached to Veterinary
Posts

2. The process to obtain, fixation of pay in the revised pay structure, calculating the arrears according to the Gazette Notification GSR . 622 (E) dated 29.08.2008 may be started immediately.Before payment of arrears, it may be ensured that the undertaking as prescribed in MOF OM No. 1/1/2008-IC dated 30.08.2008 is obtained from each official and kept on record.

sd/A.K.Sharma
Dy.Director General (Estt.)
04.-09-2008




Friday, September 5, 2008

Income Tax on salary arrears

The government on 3rd September 2008 said that it would tax only 40 percent of salary arrears to be paid in the curent year. As only 40 percent of arrears is to be paid this year, I think this would be deducted towards Income tax.
= General Secretary, NUPE-C

Sunday, August 31, 2008

6th CPC Recommendations -Govt. acceptance and Gazette Notification.

Part- B
Revised pay scales for certain common categories of Staff
Section I
(i) The revised pay structure mentioned in Column (5) and (6) of this par of the Notification for the posts mentioned in Column (2) have been approved by the Govedrnment. The initial fixation as on 1.1.2006 willbe done in accordance with Note 2 below Rule 7 of the Notificaiton.
(ii) On account of merger of pre-revised pay scales of Rs.5000-8000, Rs.5500-9000 and Rs.6500-10500, some posts which presently constitute feeder and promotion grades will come to lie in an identical grade. The specific recommendations about some categories of these posts made by the Pay Commission are included Section II of Part B. As regards other posts, the posts in these three scales should be merged. In case it is not feasible to merge the posts in these pay scales on functional considerations, the posts in the scale of Rs.5000-8000 and Rs.5500-9000 should be merged, with the post in the scale of Rs.6500-10000 being upgraded to the next higher grade in pay band PB-2 i.e to the grade pay of Rs.4600 corresponding to the pre-revised pay scale of Rs.7450-11500, the post being upgraded from the scale of Rs.6500-10500 should be merged with the post in the scale of Rs.7450 - 11500.
(iii) Posts in the scale of Rs.6500-10500 carrying minimum qualification of either Degree in Engineering or a Degree in Law should also be upgraded and placed in the scale of Rs.6450-11500 corressponding to the revised pay band pB-2 of Rs.9300-34800 along with grade pay of Rs.4600.
(iv) Posts of scientific staff in the scale of Rs.6500-10500 carrying minimum qualification of engineering degree or a post-graduate degree should also be upgraded and placed in the scale of Rs.7450 - 11500 corressponding to the revised pay band PB-2 of Rs.9300-34800 along with grade pay of Rs.4600.
(v) Upgradation as in (ii) above may be done in consultation with Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance. Regrding (iii) and (iv) above, upgradation may be done by the Ministries concerned iln consultation with their Integrated Finance.
Section II
The revised pay structure mentioned in column (5) and (6) of this part of the Notification for the posts mentioned in Column 2 have been approved by the Government.
1.Sl.No. (2) Post (3) Present Scale (4) Revised Pay Scale (5) Corressponding Pay Band (6) Corressponding Grade Pay (7) Para No. of the Report.
Department of Posts.
A.D Recruitment 6500-10500 7450 - 11500 PB-2 4600 7,6,9
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ASPO's 6500-10500 7450- 11500 PB-2 4600 7,6,14
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SPO's 6500-10500 7500 - 12000 PB-2 4600 7,6,14
8000-13500 (after 4 years)
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Asst.Manager
MMS 6500-10500 7450-11500 PB-2 4600 7,6,14
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Dy.Manager
MMS 6500-10500 7500-12000 PB-2 4800 7,6,14
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HSG-I 6500-10500 7450-11500 PB-2 4600 7,6,15
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Postman 3050 - 4590 3200-4900 PB-1 2000 7,6,17
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Mail Guard
in RMS 3050- 4590 3200-4900 PB-1 2000 7,6,17
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THE SECOND SCHEDULE
Form of Option
(See Rule ......)
* (i) I hereby elect the revised pay structure with effect from 1st January, 2006.
*(ii) I hereby elect to continue on the existing scale of pay of my substantive/officiating post mentioned below until;
*the date of my next increment
The date of my subsequent increment
raising my pay to Rs.
I vacate or cease to draw pay in the existing scale.
The date of my promotion --------------------
Existing scale--------------------------------
Signature---------------
Name------------------
Designation-------------
Office in which employed-------------------
Date:
Station:
* To be scored out, if not applicable.
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THE GAZETTE OF INDIA ; EXTRAORDINARY
Memorandum Explanatory to the Central Civil Services (Revised Pay) Rules 2008
Rule 1 - This is self - explanatory
Rule 2 - This rule lays down the categories of employees to whom the rules apply. Except for the categories excluded under clause (2), the rules are applicable to all persons under the rule making control of the President serving in Departments paid from Civil Estimates. They do not apply to the employees under the Ministry of Railways and civilian personnel paid from Defence Services Estimates, for whom separte rules will be issued by the Ministries concerned. The rules do not also apply to Gramin Dak Sevaks in the Department of Posts. The rules, however, apply to work charged establishments.
Rule 3 & 4 - These rules are self-exlanatory
Rule 5 - The intention is tht all Government servants should be brought over to the revised pay structure except those who elect to draw pay in the existing scales. Those who exercise the option to continue on the existing scales of pay will continue to draw the dearness allowance at the rates in force on the 1st January, 2006 and the dearness allowance will count towards the emoluents for pension, etc to the extent it so counted on the said date. If a Government servant is holding a permanent post in a substantive capacity and officiating in a higher post, or would have officiated in one or more posts but for his being on deputation etc., he has the option to retain the existing scale only in respect of one scale. Such a Government servant may retain the existing scale applicable to a permanent post or any one of the officiating posts. In respect of the remaining posts he will necessarily have to be brought over to the revised pay structure.
Rule 6- This rule prescribes the manner in which option hs to be exercised and also the authority who should be apprised of such option. The option has to be exercised in the appropriate form appended to the rules. It should be noted that it is not sufficient for a Govenment servant to exercise the option within the specified time limit but also to ensure that it reaches the prescribed authority within the time limit. In the case of persons who are outside India at the time these rules are promulgated, the period within which the option has to be exercised is three months from the date they take over charge of the post in India. In the case of Govenment servants the revised pay struture of whose posts are announced subsequent to the date of issue of these rules, the period of three months will run from the date of such announcement.
Persons who have retired between 1st January 2006 and the date of issue of these rules are also eligible to exercise option.
Para 7 (1) - This rule deals with the actual fixation of pay in the existing scales on 1st January 2006. A few illustrations indicating the manner in which pay of Gov ernment servants should be fixed under this sub-rule subject to stepping up of pay under Notes below rule 7 (1) are given in the attached Annexure.
Rule 7 (2) - The benefit of this rule is not admissible in cases where a Government servant has elected the revised pay structure in respect of his substantive post, but has retained the existing scale in respect of an officiating post.
Rule 8 - This rule prescribes the method of fixation of pay of employees appointed as fresh recruits on or after 1.1.2006.
Rule 9 & 10 - These rules prescribe the manner in which the next increment in the new scale should be regulated. The provisos to this rule are intended to eliminate the anomalies of junior Government servants drawing more pay than their senior by the operation of substantive post of this rule and also taking care of the Government servants who have been drawing pay at the maximum of the existing scale for more than one year as on 1.1.2006 and also those Government servants who have been stagnating at the maximum of the existing scale and are actually in receipt of stagnation increment on ad hoc basis.
Para 11 to 17 - These rules are self-explanatory
(F.No. 1/1/2008-IC)
SUSHMA NATH, Secy.
Illustration 1 : Fixation of initial pay in the revised pay structure:
1. Existing Scale of Pay Rs.4000 - 100 - 6000
2. Pay Band applicable PB-1 Rs.5200 - 20200
3. Existing basic pay as on 1.1.2006 Rs.4800
4. Pay after multiplication by a factor of 1.86 Rs.8928 (Rounded off to Rs.8930)
5. Pay in the Pay Band PB-2 Rs.8930
6. Pay in the Pay Band after including
benefit of bunching, if admissible Rs.8930
7. Grade Payh attached to the scale Rs.2400
8. Revised Basic pay - total of pay in
the pay band and grade pay Rs.11330
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Illustration 3: Initial Fixation of Group D employees in -1S
Stage 1
1. Existing Scale of Pay Rs.2500-55-260-60-3200
2. Pay Band applicable -1S Rs.4440 - 7440
3. Existing basic pay as on 1.1.2006 Rs. 2840
4. Pay after multiplication by a
factor of 1.86 Rs.5282 (Rounded off to Rs.5290)
5. Pay in the Pay Band Rs.5290
6. Pay in the Pay Band after including
benefit of bunching, if admissible Rs.5290
7. Grade Pay attached to the sfale Rs.1300
8. Revised basic pay - total of pay in the
pay band and grade pay Rs.6590
Stage 2 : Fixation of Gr.D employees possessing requisite qualification or after retraining
1. Existing Scale of Pay Rs.2500-5-2660-60-3200
2. Pay Band applicable PB-1 Rs.5200 - 20200
3. Existing basic pay as on 1.1.2006 Rs. 2840
4. Pay after multiplication by a factor
of 1.86 Rs. 5282 (Rounded off to Rs.5290)
5. Pay in the Pay Band PB-1 Rs. 5290
6. Pay in the Pay Band after including
benefit of bunching, if admissible Rs.5530
7. Grade Pay attached to the scale Rs. 1800
8. Revised basic-pay total of pay in the pay
band and grade pay Rs.7330
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Illustration 4A: Pay fixation in cases where posts have been upgraded e.g posts in pre revised pay scale of Rs.3050-75-3950-80-4590 to Rs.3200 - 85-4900 scale
1. Existing scale of Pay Rs.3050-4590 (Corresponding Grade Pay Rs.1900)
2. Pay Band applicable PB-1 Rs.5200 -20200
3. Upgraded to the scale of Pay Rs.3200 -4900(Corresponding Grade pay Rs.2000)
4. Existing basic pay as on 1.1.2006 Rs.3125
5. Pay after multiplication by a
factor of 1.86 Rs. 5813 (Rouned off to Rs.5820)
6. Pay in the Pay Band PB-2 Rs. 5820
7. Pay in the pay band after including
beneifit of bunching in the pre-revised
scale of Rs.3050 - 4590, if admissible Rs.6060
8.Grade Pay attached to the scale of
Rs.3200 - 4900 Rs.2000
9. Revised basic pay-total of pay in
the pay band and grade pay Rs.8060
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Illustration 4B : Pay fixation in cases where pay scales have been merged e.g pre-revised pay scales of Rs.5000-8000, Rs.5500-9000 nd Rs.6500-10500
1. Existing scale of pay Rs.5000 - 150 - 8000
2. Pay Band applicable PB-2 Rs.9300-34800
3. Merged with scale of pay Rs.6500 - 200 - 10500
4. Existing basic pay as on 1.1.2006 Rs.5600
5. Pay after multiplication by a
factor of 1.86 Rs.10416 (Rounded off to Rs.10420)
6. Pay in the Pay Band PB-2 Rs.10420
7. Pay in the Pay Band after including
benefit of bunching, if admissible Rs.10420
8. Grade Pay attached to the scale of
Rs.6500 - 200- 20500 Rs.4200
9. Revised basic pay-totl of pay in
the pay band and grade pay Rs.14620
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Illustration 5: Pay fixation on grant of increment in the revised pay structure
1. Pay in the PB-2 Rs.9300
2. Grade Pay Rs.4200
3. Total Pay + grade pay Rs.13500
4.Rate of Increment 3% of 3 above
5. Amount of increment Rs.405 rounded off to Rs.410
6. Pay in the pay band after increment Rs.9300 + 410
7. Pay after increment Rs.9710
8. Grade Pay applicable Rs.4200