Sunday, January 20, 2008

No funds to pay salaries to Staff working IITs

The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are rated as the world’s third best in engineering education, but the directors of the seven elite institutions are currently trying to get the UNION HRD ministry to pay their electricity bills on time!

I I T Bombay has written to the HRD Ministry that they are not in a position to pay next month’s salaries to their staff members. All seven institue4s have complained that government allocations are not keeping pace with the rising costs attached to the day-to-day running of these premier institutions.

Since the inception of the first IITs in the 1950s, they have entirely relied on government patronage. The budgetary allocation in recent years was roughly Rs.50 crore. However, over the last decade, the IITs have had to tap an extensive network of alumni here and abroad to meet growing requirements. A large percentage of new initiatives are also being driven through industry partnerships.
The HRD Ministry, which allocates money to the IITs for recurring expenses on routine bills for electricity, water, laboratory material and salaries, has not increased the annual grants since 2002. Despite escalating costs and inflation, the ministry’s allocation has remained constant at Rs.7.04 crore since 2002. In the meantime, actual expenses under this head have risen by an additional Rs.13.15 crore in 2007.
(Source: The Times of India, dt. 18.107)

Thursday, January 17, 2008

President salary raise dims babu’s hopes !

For those bureaucrats who score a Perfect Ten on integrity index, government’s decision to fix the President’s salary at Rs. 1 lakh a month will come as a rude jolt. This is because babus who don’t depend on a “upri (extras)” to supplement their incomes, the presidential salary could be a bar for their pay hikes in the 6th Pay Commission.
The salary of the cabinet Secretary, India’s highest paid officer can surely not cross Rs. 1 lakh. This is because of the convention that since government officers service on presidential pleasure; their salary cannot exceed that of the occupant of Rashtrapati Bhawan. So the cabinet secretary who now draws a gross of Rs.65, 000 can only expect a modest raise. The top bureaucrat’s present basis is Rs.30, 000. Add to it, 50% merged dearness pay, 31% additional DA, Rs.300 city compensatory allowance, and the total comes to a little under Rs.65, 000.Theoretically, the cabinet secretary’s maximum possible revised salary can now be Rs.99, 999 but that’s the limit. To begin with, there would no DA. “that’s only a manner of saying it. If we consider a hefty 40% hike, the highest basic would be around Rs.90, 000. But 40% sounds heavenly, “said a customs officer who has served in finance ministry. “A 30% hike would peg the highest around Rs. 85, 000,” he added. A totally new regime of perks and allowances is, however, not ruled out. Speculation has run wild on the pay panel recommending a dream hike for officers and employees, considering how corporate salaries have shot up. Some guesstimates put the maximum beyond Rs.1 lakh
A fresh IAS recruit draws am average Rs...17,000) gross) now. A 30% increase would take his monthly salary to Ts.22, 000, while a 40% hike would peg it around Rs.24, 000. Going by tradition, the scale for officers from other services would be less and the employees’ compensation even lower. “Money is crucial but a comparison with the corporate sector is unfair as the government is not a profit making firm. A more realistic comparison would be with the country’s per capita income as officials serve the people. We should keep in mind the government’s fiscal position,” the officer said.
A pay panel source admitted the President’s salary revision has roughly fixed the “benchmark” for “what is in store”.
(Source: The Times of India dt. 15.1.08)

See how bureaucracy violates Rules !

Only Disciplinary Authority is competent to dispose of the bias petition.
CAT, Hyderabad
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IN THE CENTRAL ADMINISTRATIVE TRIBUNAL; HYDERABD BENCH
HYDERABAD
O.A. No. 60 of 2007
Date of Order: 12.03.2007

Between:
G. Jumlal, s/o Narsimha
Presently working as Postal Assistant,
Trimulgherry Head Post Office under
Secunderabad Postal Division, Secunderabad Applicant
And
The Director General (Posts), (rep. UOI)
M/O Communications, Dept. of Posts,
New Delhi 110001.
2. The Principal Chief Postmaster General,
A.P. Circle, Hyderabad 500 001
3. The Director of Postal Services,
Hyderabad City Division, Hyderabad 500 001
4. The Sr.Superintendent of Post Offices,
Secunderabad Division, Hyderabad
5. Sri. T.V.V.Satyanarayana (Inquiry Officer)
Working as Office Superintendent, O/o Sr.
Superintendent of Post Offices, SecunderabadDivision, Hyderabad Respondents
Counsel for the Applicant Mr. S. Ramakrishna Rao
Counsel for the Respondents Mr. K. Siva Reddy
CORAM
The Hon’ble Mr. Justice P.Lakshmana Reddy Vice Chairman

The Hon’ble Mr. M. Jayaraman Member (Admn.)
ORAL ORDER
(As per Hon’ble Mr.Justice P.Lakshmana Reddy, Vice Chairman)

Heard learned Counsel Mr.S.Ramakrishna for the Applicant as well as learned Standing Counsel Mr. K. Siva Reddy for the Respondents.
2. The grievance of the applicant is that though he filed an application before the disciplinary authority to change the inquiry officer on the ground of bias, the disciplinary authority did not pass any orders and instead forwarded the same to the higher authorities, who disposed of the same rejecting the application.
3. The learned Counsel for Applicant contended that the applicant is denied the opportunity of preferring an appeal against the orders of disciplinary authority and that it is the disciplinary authority, who is competent to pass orders on the bias petition and not the reviewing authority. On the other-hand, the learned Standing Counsel for the Respondents submitted that the reviewing authority is the appellate authority competent to dispose of the bias petition and that, in this case, the reviewing authority dismissed the application filed by the applicant, and, therefore, the said orders are valid.
4. The question of orders to be passed by the reviewing authority arises only when an appeal is filed against the original orders passed by the disciplinary authority. As, admittedly, the applicant filed bias application before the disciplinary authority to change the inquiry officer, it is for the disciplinary authority, who has to decide the said application. In case, such an application is not favorably disposed of, the applicant shall have an opportunity to challenge the rejection order before the appellate authority. In that context, it is clarified that the reviewing authority is the appellate authority. But merely because, in the instant case, the reviewing authority straightaway is the authority, who rejected the bias petition, it cannot be said that the applicant is not prejudiced. As, admittedly, the disciplinary authority did not pass any orders on the bias application, the applicant lost an opportunity of preferring an appeal against the orders of disciplinary authority. The disciplinary authority, who appointed the inquiry officer, is the competent authority to dispose of the application filed for change of inquiry officer and not the appellate authority. The disciplinary authority has to exercise his mind to the apprehensions expressed by the delinquent official and pass necessary orders. Thereupon, if the applicant is aggrieved, he shall have an opportunity to file appeal or review before the reviewing authority or the appellate authority. The original authority did not at all apply its mind to the grounds mentioned in the bias application. The appellate authority or the review authority cannot decide the matter as an original authority and thereby deprive the chance of appeal to the applicant. Therefore, we are of the considered view that the disciplinary authority erred in forwarding the bias application to the higher authorities without passing orders on merits in the application. Hence, the said orders are liable to be set aside and the disciplinary authority is to be directed to dispose of the application filed by the delinquent official for change of inquiry officer on merits.
Till then, the inquiry shall be stayed. It is made clear that we have not expressed any opinion regarding the necessity to change the inquiry officer and it is for the disciplinary authority to look into the facts of the case with open mind and decide whether it is a fit case to change the inquiry officer or not. The disciplinary authority is directed to pass necessary orders on the bias application without being prejudiced by the opinion expressed by the reviewing authority or the appellate authority within one month from the date of receipt of the said order.

5. In the result, the application is allowed. The orders passed by the appellate/reviewing authority are set aside and the disciplinary authority is directed to dispose of the application filed by the applicant for change of the inquiry officer independently without being prejudiced by any of the observations made in the impugned order dated 19.12.2006 within one month from the date of receipt of a copy of this order. The inquiry shall be stayed pending disposal of the bias application filed by the applicant before the disciplinary authority. There shall, however, be no Order as to cost.

Friday, January 11, 2008

PROGRAMME OF ACTION

ALL INDIA POSTAL EMPLOYEES UNION – GROUP ‘C’
NATIONAL UNION OF POSTAL EMPLOYEES – GROUP ‘C’
CENTRAL HEADQUARTERS, NEW DELHI

Ref: P3/JCA/01/2008 Dated-09-01-2008

PROGRAMME OF ACTION

18.01.2008 Demonstration
05.02.2008 Dharna

Dear Comrades / Colleagues,
The Postal Group ‘C’ employees are mounted under severe attacks one after another ignoring the sufferings we are having in Post Offices due to under staffing over six years. Adding salt to injury various new business activities without any norms, ethics or incentives are being launched. Our genuine demands are not properly taken care of.
The problems confronting us are multifying. On such vital issues like LSG, HSG II, and HSG I promotions, the Circle Heads are lethargic and the department is unable to pull them to implement its own orders. There are more than ten thousand PA posts remains unfilled in many circles even after issue of orders simply by raising unwarranted clarifications. Even they are not attended by the Department and pursuing them in a casual manner.
The Department on its own and without any talks or discussions is issuing various retrograde orders in the past like Declining LSG Promotion causes postponement of BCR, preventing second posting in same single handed Post Offices, discrimination between regular and FTP LSG, sarcastic orders on the System Administrators etc. Our sincere, persistent endeavors to settle the issue have proved to be in fructuous.
We have been pushed to the wall to resist such onslaughts purported against the Group C employees. We have not other alternate except to launch series of agitational programmes against the wrong decisions, orders and lethargy in mitigating the agreed demands.
Therefore, we have decided to launch immediate following programmes with full determination for the Group C comrades who have been continuously exploited since 1999.
18.01.2008 – Demonstration in front of all HOs/Divl.Offices/R O/Circle Offices and sending Savingrams/Fax/Postcard campaign.
05.02.2008 – Dharna in front of D.O/R O/ C O.
(Further programme will be decided later)
Text of the Savingram/Fax/Postcard campaign
“Withdraw all unilateral and arbitrary orders mentioned in the 20 point charter of demands immediately AAA Settle all agreed demands placed in April 2007 strike AAA Ensure peace and amity and avoid further confrontation. “
Addressed to:
1. Thriu. A. Raja, Hon’ble Minister of Communications & I.T, New Delhi 110 003.
2. Shri. I.M.G. Khan, Secretary, Department of Posts, Dak Bhawan, New Delhi 110 001
3. Respective CHQ & Circle Unions

The prgoramme of action has been drawn based on the consultation of Federations which will endorse our call and further course of programme beginning with ‘Non cooperation & Work to rule to indefinite strike will be decided with the consultations of Federations and other Unions.
It is therefore requested to that an impressive and effective Demonstration /dharna must be staged in front of the HO/D>O/R O / C O on 18.01.2008 & 05.02.2008 respectively and ensure maximum mobilization. The task of campaigning, conducting the programme effectively and making it a success is the responsibility of the Circle /Divisional / Branch Secretaries and activists at the grass root level.
Let us prepare for the programme with seriousness and sincerity and stead fast efforts to ensure the programme a grand success to wrest the demands.
With struggle Greetings,
sd/ D. Kishan Rao sd/ K.V.Sridharan
General Secretary General Secretary
NUPE Gr. 'C' AIPEU Gr. 'C'

CHARTER OF DEMANDS

1. Filling Up LSG, HSG II and HSG I Posts
(i) Recast the notional promotions since 1982/1983 onwards and fill up all vacant posts of LSG, HSG II and HSG I.
(ii) Fill up 2/3 rd unfilled LSG vacancies notionally from 7.2.02 to 18.5.06
(iii) Relax minimum qualifying service for HSG II promotion.
(iv) Irregular application bench mark of current period for notional promotions
(v) Date of LSG Promotion be calculated from the date of issue of orders and not from the date of joining.
(vi) Grant of Modification of LSG as one time measure for those aggrieved due to dearth of LSG vacancies/ Rule 38 transfers.
(vii) Drawal of Pay to senior BCR officials in HSG I posts as the pay scales of HSG II and BCR is one and the same & settlement of earlier officiating cases of Tamilnadu, West Bengal & other Circles as one time measure.
(viii)Anomaly in the preparation of PA Gradation list. Date of Confirmation should not be taken now and Date of appointment be taken for construing seniority. Fixing seniority based on the date of confirmation is unconstitutional and discriminatory.
2. Withdraw the draconian orders contained in Directorate letter No. 22-5/95- PE I dt. 21.5.07 denying BCR benefits to those declining LSG promotion. Several officials were arbitrarily, unjustified denied the due BCR promotion.
3. Filling up the APC Accounts LSG, HSG II posts as per 1976 LSG Accountant recruitment rules.
4. Filling up residual vacancies since 1999-2000 onwards without any further delay.
5. Immediate withdrawal of order discriminating regular and FTP LSG and posting them in Delivery offices in the middle of the tenure.
6. Withdraw the Directorate letter dt. 22.10.07 on Systems Administrators and form uniform & correct norms & guidelines first before passing sarcastic comments.
7. Withdraw the orders fixing responsibility on DDO’s and APM Accounts for the over payment of Pay & Allowances to Postmen on account of fixation under R.P Rules.
8. Counting of special allowance for pay fixation case of PO & RMS Accountants.
9. Counting of past services of erstwhile RTP for promotion & pension as per Supreme Court direction.
10. Withdraw the condition in tenure posting of single and double handed offices and restr5iction in posting of SPM due to minor penalties/ CR entries which are in violation of provisions of statutory rules of Volume IV.
11. Allowing all TBOP officials to appear for Group B exam to be held in Feb.’08 as per original orders and various judicial pronouncements. The cut off date should be extended for the current exam as 01.01.2008. The exam should be conducted after completing the process of notional promotions to LSG in all Circles.
12. Counting of Training period for increment and promotion to the departmental candidates also.
13. Revision of FSC to Post Offices and enhancement of honorarium for RD PMC work in Sub Offices, Department Exam invigilation work etc.
14. Implement the assurance made on 19.,4.07 in fixing incentive to RPLI, IMT Passport applications, NRGEIS, other business activiti4s etc., Grant of OTA to oper4ative staff to manage the3 shortage, engagement of DSPA to manage the shortage, dispensation of confirmation exam etc.
15. Creation of Systems Managers / Administrators Posts & Marketing Executives. Grant of SPL pay and grant of Road mileage Allowance without restrictions. Trainers Allowance for imparting training. Norms be fixed for Systems Administrators uniform ally to all Circles; providing mobile phones, fixing duties and responsibilities.
16. Allotment of adequate funds to clear all pending personal claims like OTA, TA and medical etc. pending since 2002-03.
17. Spot payment of incentive to SPM/BPM for procuring RPLI business. Grant of incentive for schedule work in accounts branch.
18. Drawal of SB Allowance to all working in SB branches on computers.
19. Refund of fee for appearing AMFI (Association of Mutual Fund Industry) Exam to all candidates.
20. Revision of Bonus formula & removal of 60 days cap.

sd/ D.Kishan Rao sd/ K.V.Sridharan
General Secretary General Secretary
NUPE- Gr. 'C" AIPEU Gr. 'C"

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Serious and burning demands of Postal Group ‘C’

ALL INDIA POSTAL EMPLOYEES UNION – GROUP ‘C’
NATIONAL UNION OF POSTAL EMPLOYEES - GROUP ‘C’
CENTRAL HEQDQUARTERS, NEW DELHI

Ref: P3/JCA/01/2008 Dated 09.01.2008

To
Shri.I.M.G.Khan,
Secretary,
Department of Posts, Dak Bhawan,
New Delhi 110 001


Sir,
Sub: - Indifferent attitude in settling the serious and burning demands of Postal Group ‘C' employees
It is constrained to note that despite our repeated requests and demands to settle the burning problems concerning the Group ‘C’ employees through various correspondences and also in person, the genuine problems are not addressed so far.

Adding fuels to fire, the Directorate has caused ;instructions to all the Circle Heads to disturb the FTP qualified officials from their present position and post them in delivery offices thereby causing unwarranted disturbances and placements in the middle of the tenure. The discrimination within the LSG as if regular and FTP is deplorable. This instruction is violative to the principles of R.T- request transfer and connected statutory rules.

When we are pleading to set right the irregularities in the notional promotion in LSG cadre and accord HSG II/ HSG I promotion with retrospective effect since April 2007 as assured, it is still in initial stage in many circles. The affected seniors are retiring from service without availing due promotions. The irregularities in the notional promotion accorded in Orissa Circle have not been rectified so far.

The assurances given in resolving the shortage problem like allowing retired personnel to work in absenteeism, grant of incentive to WMT, RPLI, PLI work etc., liberal grant of OLTA to operative staff and allotment of sufficient funds for clearance of pending bills have not been implemented in true spirit.

The serious and sensitive problem related to filling up of residual vacancies has not been implemented in many Circles despite repeated assurances and the officials become victim of shortage. The assurance in withdrawing the retrograde orders of postponing the BCR promotion to those declined LSG promotion has also not been implemented. There are hump teen number of discussions we had on this issue.

Similarly, the assurances given in withdrawing the orders banning posting of Group‘C’ official in single handed offices only once in the whole service has not been brought in to action. The plight of the PO & RMS Accounts qualified officials is still in doldrums and despite various judicial pronouncements to adhere the LSG Accountant Recruitment Rules 1976 and accord APM Accounts promotion, this has not been taken any note of. We have been frustrated to put forth the case many times resulted in futile.

In spite of non creation of System Administrators posts and non providing better perks and pay scales based on the job nature but treated them just as the Postal Assistants and utilized them optimumly in implementation of computerization in the Post Offices, the sarcastic and insanity remarks contained in Directorate letter No. 44-05/2004 – Tech – KW dt. 22.10.07 that ‘the permission to System Administrator to access databases is dangerous’ causes serious wound. The impracticable order without any field knowledge causes irreparable hurt to the exploited categories of System Administrators working hard for computerization in Post Offices over a decade.

Therefore, we have decided to launch series of Trade Union Programmes culminating to stoppage of work, if our genuine demands are not immediately resolved besides withdrawing the retrograde orders issues on LSG postings, and System Administrators. The twenty point’s charter of demands is enclosed herewith.

It is requested to sort out the issues, implement the assurances and withdraw the arbitrary, unilateral anti worker orders affecting the morale, hard work and honesty and ensure peace.

Seeking immediate response.

Yours faithfully,

sd/ D. Kishan Rao sd/ K.V.Sridharan
General Secretary General Secretary
NUPE Group ‘C’ AIPEU Group ‘C’

sd/ D. Kishan Rao sd/ K.V.Sridharan
General Secretary General Secretary
NUPE Group ‘C’ AIPEU Group ‘C’