Saturday, May 31, 2008

Continuation of ad-hoc promotions made in the cadre of HSG - I

No. 4-16/2002-SPB-II D ated May 21, 2008

Subject: - Continuation of ad-hoc promotions made in the cadre of HSG - I

I am directed to refer to this Department’s letter of even number dated 4th January, 2008 regarding continuation of ad-hoc promotions made in the cadre of HSG-I for a period of six months beyond November 2007 and to say that it has been decided with the approval of Department of Personnel & Training to continue the said ad-hoc arrangement for a further period of six months or till the Recruitment Rules are finalized and regular arrangements are made in accordance with that, whichever is earlier.

It is, therefore, requested that the adhoc promotions initially made as per instructions contained in this Department’s letter of even number dated 20-11-2006 in HSG-I may be further continued accordingly.
Sd/V.C.Kajla
Director (SPN)

Grant of interim stay to Re-verification of Membership

Government of India
Ministry of Communications & IT
Department of Posts
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg
New Delhi – 110 001


No. 9 / 2 / 2008 –SR dated the May 27, 2008

Subject: Verification of Membership for recognition of Service Associations under CCS (RSA) Rules 1993 – Grant of Interim stay till 18.06.2008 in regard to all proceedings pursuant to the issue of the Department’s letter No. 13/04/2007-SR dated 28.02.2008

I am directed to refer to the Department’s letters No. 13/04/2007-SR dated 28.02.2008 and dated dated 26.03.2008 on the above mentioned subject.
2. All India RMS/MMS Assistant Superintendent’s and Inspectors Association represented by its General Secretary, Shri. M. Mohanarangam, filed Writ Petition No. 11490/2008 and MP No. 2 / 2008 in the High Court of judicature at Madras praying for

i) quashing letter No. 13/4/2007-SR dated 29.02.2008 ibid; and

ii) directing the Department of Posts, represented by its Secretary, to grant recognition to the Petitioner Association i.e., All India RMS/MMS Assistant Superintendents & Inspectors Association as per instructions contained in O.M.No. 2/13/98-JCA dated 11.02.2002 of the Department of Personnel and Training.

3. The Writ Petitions filed in this regard have not yet been received. A copy of the order granting interim stay till 18.06.2008 of all proceedings pursuant to issue of Department’s letter dated 28.02.2008, passed by the Hon’ble Court is enclosed for your kind perusal.

4. The interim stay granted by the Hon’ble High Court will operate till 18.06.2008, which may be observed scrupulously. Further instructions regarding continuation of the verification process after expiry of interim stay granted by the High Court will follow.

Yours faithfully,
Sd/ Subash Chander
Director (SR)
Encl: As above
IN THE HIGH COURT OF JUDICATURE AT MADRAS
(Civil Appellate Jurisdiction)

Wednesday, the Thirtieth day of April Two Thousand Eight.

PRESENT
THE HON’BLE SELVI JUSTICE K.SUGUNA

WP NO. 11490 OF 2008

and MP. 2/ 2008

ALL INDIA RMS/MMS ASSISTANT (PETITIONER)SUPERINTENDENT & INSPECTORS
ASSOCIATION, REP. BY ITS
GENERAL SECRETARY
MR. M. MOHANA RANGAM

Vs
1. UNION OF INDIA (RESPONDENT)
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL,
PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS,
REP. ITS SECRETARY, NEDW DELHI.

2. UNION OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS & I.T,
DEPARTMENT OF POSTS
REP. BY ITS SECRETARY
DAK BHAVAN, SANSAD MARG, NEW DELHI
3. THE SECRETARY
(STAFF RELATIONS), DEPT.
OF POSTS, NEW DELHI

4 THE CHIEF POSTMASTER GENERAL
TAMIL NADU CIRCLE, CHENNAI -2.

Writ Petitions under Article 226 of the Constitution of India praying that in these circumstances stated therein and in the respective affidavits filed therewith the High Court will be pleased to (i) issue a Writ, order or direction in the nature of writ of certiorarified mandamus, calling for the records of the second respondent pertaining to the impugned letter dated 28.2.2008 and quash the same and direct the second respondent to accord recognition to the petitioner- association i.e., All India RMS/MMS Assistant Superintendent & Inspectors Association as per the Office Memorandum dated 11.02.2002 of the first respondent (in WP. No. 11490/08) and

(ii) issue an order of interim stay of all proceedings pursuant to the issue of the impugned letter dated 28.02.2008 by the second respondent (in MP.No.2/08) pending WP.No. 11490/08 respectively.

ORDER : These petitions coming on for orders upon perusing the petitions and the respective affidavits filed in support thereof and upon hearing the arguments of M/S.G. VIJAY ANAND ASSOCIATS, for the petitioner in both the petitions the court made the following order:-
Notice of motion returnable by ten weeks. Interim stay is granted till 18-06-2008

/sd/
30/04/2008

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Standing committee Meeting with Cabinet Secretary

the The entire staff side of the Standing Committee met on 17.5.08, the Cabinet Secretary as intimated to you earlier. All members of the Committee of Secretaries were present. The Cabinet Secretary informed the staff side that he has been briefed by the Secretary Personnel of the discussions at the Standing Committee meeting held on 7th May, 2008 and he has personally gone through the minutes. He also informed the members that the Govt. would like to take a decision on the recommendations of the Pay Commission as quickly as possible. He also assured that some mechanism would be worked out to look into various anomalies expeditiously and to reach finality thereon within a stipulated time frame. In the discussion that ensued thereafter following issues were reiterated with emphasis
(a) the exclusion of DA on DP (i.e. 12%) in the construction of Pay bands and consequently in the fixation benefit
(b) The very construction of Pay Band itself contrary to the recommendation of the 6th CPC itself.
(c) The defect in the computation of minimum wage with special reference to the price differential of WSP and retail price and the exclusion of 25% and 10% meant for various expenses; social obligation; old age social security; housing etc.. The fact that had the minimum wage been computed with reference to 5th CPC formulation it would have been far greater than Rs. 5740. ie. It would have been Rs.7400.
(d) The discrimination in the fitment benefit between the officers and employees ranging from 181% to 15% and the need to accept the suggestion of the Staff Side for a minimum benefit of 2.625 times of basic pay in the fitment formula.
(e) The necessity of affording a minimum benefit of 10% on promotion in the background of the fact that the recommended benefit of 2.5% would be too low and would even result in the reduction of take home salary on promotion, especially in the case of person who are perforce transferred out on promotion.
(f) Parity in pension of pre-1996 and post 1996 retirees; discrimination in the grant of family pension; minimum pension and revision in exgratia to SRPF/CPF retirees.
2. The representatives of the Railways and Defence Federations also pointed out the discriminatory treatment meted out to the Master Craftsman and Technicians in their organizations by the 6th CPC and demanded redressal thereof immediately.

3. At the end of the discussion, the staff side placed the need for coming to an agreement before the Govt. issues notification in implementation of the VI CPC recommendations.

Reverification of Membership

It is said that a stay had been obtained in Chennai for reverification of Membership up to 18th June 2008. The details are awaited from the department. As soon as received, the same will be displayed in the website and a detailed circular would be sent to all Circle Secretaries.
In the meantime all Branch/Divisional Secretaries are advised not to handover authrisation letters (declaration forms) to the DDO's (Postmasters) on the 10th June 2008. The revised date on which the forms are to be handed over to the DDO's will be intimated through this website and as well as to all Circle Secretaries by a detailed circular.
=General Secretary, NUPE-Gr.'C', New Delhi 110 018

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Minutes of the meeting of Standing Committee held on 7.5.2008

Opening Address
I. A meeting of the Standing committee of the National Council (JCM) was held on 7.5.2008 in Conference Room No. 119, North Block, New Delhi, under the Chairmanship of Secretary (Personnel).
II The Chairman and Secretary, DoP&T welcome and thanked staff side and officials for attending the meeting at a very short notice. He requested the cooperation of the staff side for implementation of the 6th CPC recommendations at the earliest.
Thereafter the Chairman invited the leader and the Secretary, staff side.
III Leader of the staff side thanked the Chairman for his sustained cooperation for considering and resolving the grievances of staff side and organizing the meeting. He raised various issues for consideration in the meeting relating to the 6th CPC report. He conveyed the agitated feelings of various sections of employees more particularly those belonging to industrial establishments and explained the need to resolve the grievances for generating motivation and satisfaction.
Secretary staff side thanked the Chairman and conveyed the appreciation of the staff side regarding the positive atmosphere in which the meetings have been conducted and problems resolved. He informed that various reactions are coming from employees in various parts of the
country. This is the first time that the pattern of the scales in Pay Commission has been changed. He stated that Indian economy is on higher side, therefore, the Govt. servant should also be given his due and grievances resolved. He also welcomed the invitation of DoP&T to hold first meeting in respect of the issues arising out of the 6th CPC.
Secretary Staff side informed that the more we go through the report we come across more problems, however he requested to go through the agenda items.
Thereafter discussion on the agenda items commenced.

A. The minimum wage
The computation of minimum wage of the 6th CPC is not acceptable for the following reasons in brief:-
i) Prices applied for various commodities (included in the basket) is the wholesale price as increased by 20% which is not the norms prescribed by the 15 ILC;
ii) The exclusion of 25% for meeting expenditure connected with social obligation like marriage, education of children, recreational needs etc. is on the untenable grounds.
iii) The exclusion of 10% for the housing requirement (on the ground that HRA is given separately) is not correct as HRA is not a full reimbursement of the expenses incurred by the employee.
If these corrections are carried out the need based minimum wage will be what is computed by the staff side.
B. Even as per the formulation adopted by the 5th CPC the minimum wage works out to Rs.7400 i.e. by application of the percentage increase of the net national product which comes to 56.2%.
C. The Commission, without assigning any reason has rejected the demand of the staff side for parity in the minimum wage with what is obtaining in certain specified public sector undertakings.
D. For the above reasons, the minimum wage need to be worked out afresh and the same reflected in all the pay bands appropriately by applying the resultant multiplication factor as was done by the 5th CPC
The Methodology of the 6th CPC in determining the minimum wage was explained by the official side.During the discussion the Secretary staff side said that the pay of any employee was 1.86 times of the basic pay in December 2005 whereas on 1.1.2006 as per the recommendations of the 6 th CPC has been taken as 1.74 times of the basic hence this reduction of 12% should be restored to bring it at par with the pay of December 2005. The difference in retail price of various commodities has been taken as 20% above the wholesale price. However the staff side pointed out that as per the survey report of ASSOCHAM the retail price was 60% higher than the wholesale price. A copy of the report was handed over to the Chairman and other members of the official side. The staff side asked for the recomputation of the minimum wage as per the actual retail price of the commodities.
The staff side also stated that the addition of additional expenditure of 25% prescribed by the Supreme Court is for:
(a) Educational expenses which are not fully reimbursed (except tuition fees/hostel subsidy) like cost of books, uniform, transportation charges etc.
(b) Medical expenses are only partially reimbursed.
(c) There is no separate compensation for social obligation like marriage, ceremonies etc.
(d) Old age security has assumed importance due to the fact that 10% of the emoluments are now being deducted from the salary of new entrants towards NPS.
In the light of the above, the staff side insisted that the additional expenditure @ 25% should be provided for the computation of minimum wage. In view of the provisions of FR 45A and 45 C and Rule 2A of the I.T. rules, 10% of total pay should also be added in the computation of minimum wage and not merely 3% as has been done by the 6th CPC.
The staff side further pointed out that the pay bands devised by the 6th CPC is contrary to what they have indicated in para 2.2.19(vii) of their report. The pay band should have been devised with reference to minimum of the highest pay scale of the band. By taking the minimum of the lowest pay scale of the band the CPC has virtually merged all the higher pay scales in the band into the lowest pay scales
The Chairman assured that the suggestions would be brought to the notice of the competent authorities.
2. Fitment formula
Rejection of point-to-point fixation (which is normally adopted by the PSUs in their wage revisions as fitment formula) is for no sound reasons. There is no 40% hike as propagated by the Commission. By withdrawing the benefit of merger of DA the actual rise is between 15 to 28%. Our demand in this connection is as under:-
a) The merged portion of the DA should be taken into account to arrive at the revised basic pay and Grade Pay in each case.
b) Since quite a number of pay scales have been merged together (especially in Gr. B & C cadres) the senior employees who were in higher scales of pay and who have put in large number of years of service progressively get reduced benefits.
c) Taking these two factors into account we suggest that the fitment formula as suggested by the Commission may be amended to incorporate the following:
"Subject to the condition that the pay and grade pay so fixed is not less than 2.625 times of the pre revised basic pay.
The multiplication factor of 2.625 is the same as is applied in the case of the entry grade pay band and grade pay in the case of Gr.A officers. This clause will make good the loss of benefit one might suffer due to the exclusion of the DP from the computation process of fitment formula.
Secretary staff side informed that there was no 40% hike as propagated by the Commission the actual hike is between 15 to 18%. They suggested the fitment formula as above.
It was explained by the official side that the situation in b) above had happened even after the 5th CPC’s recommendations and was not a new feature.
The staff side clarified that in 5th CPC with the adoption of fitment formula of 40% which was deduced from the common multiplication factor of 3.25 (as opposed to fixed amount of grade pay) the impact of anomaly considerably reduced.
Chairman informed that it would be brought to the notice of the competent authorities.
Rate of increment
a) The rate of increment suggested by the CPC is to be raised to 3.5% for the following reasons:-
i) The 2.5% is below the existing rate of increment in many grades.
ii) Due to the compounding factor, over a period of ten years, this might rise to 4.5% still less than the prevailing rate of increment in the PSUs which is 5% and above.
b) The condition prescribed i.e. to have a minimum six months for applying the uniform date of increment must be done away with, as it is only to be applied in the initial year.
They requested for a uniform increment rate of 3.5%.
The official side informed that it has been noted and would be brought to the notice of the competent authorities
4. Transport allowance
The recommendation of the Commission is to subsume the CCA in the Transport allowance and raise the existing Transport allowance by 4 times. This has reduced the proportionate benefit to certain grades and categories of employees. We make the following suggestions:-
a) Since the CCA has been subsumed in this allowance, no condition should be imposed for the grant of this allowance.
b) Taking into account that some of the employees might get reduced benefit from the across the board rise at the rate of 4 times, the following rates may be applied.
Employees drawing grade pay A 1/A Class Cities Others
Rs. 5400&abaove Rs. 3200+DA Rs. 2400+DA
Rs. 4200-4800 Rs.2400+DA Rs. 1800 +DA
Below4200 Rs.1600+DA Rs. 1200 +DA
The staff side stated that the revised rates suggested by them are to take into account the effect of the errata issued by the Pay Commission later and to provide proportionate benefit to category between the grade pay of Rs. 4200 and 4800).
The staff side further proposed that 50% of Transport allowance should be taken into account for the OTA computation. Since CCA has been subsumed in this allowance hence there should not be any other restrictions such as persons living in the campus Official side stated that the issues will be looked into
Fixation of pay on Promotion
In the present scheme of things, wherein many grades have been merged under one single Pay band, promotion will not bring about any significant rise in emoluments. The benefit will be very insignificant in the case of promotion from one grade to another where the grade pay is one and the same. In that case the one increment benefit will be less than even what is obtaining today. We suggest to incorporate the following clause to take care of this situation.
"the pay plus grade pay so fixed on promotion shall not be less than 10% of pay plus grade pay the individual was drawing in the feeder cadre."
It was informed that the merits of the contentions of the staff side would be looked into.
6. Allownces and benefits withdrawn
Certain allowances and benefits have been withdrawn to be replaced with a new scheme. The New scheme will have to be formulated on the basis of discussion/agreement in the National/Departmental Council as the case may. Till such agreement is reached, the old scheme of allowances and benefits will continue to be operated relating to the revised basic pay and grade pay.
It was stated by the staff side that no allowances should be stopped. As far as the risk allowance is concerned it should continue and the risk insurance as proposed by the 6th CPC should be in addition. They indicated that risk allowance given by the Govt. is to add to the nutritious diet of the employee so that the physical harm done by the risky job is at least partly minimized. The staff side further stated that overtime and bonus should continue to be paid and should not be discontinued. Any job related incentive scheme should be discussed separately and settled. The official side stated that these issues will be looked into.
Special duty allowance of North Eastern Region
We hope that the SDA will now become available for all employees working in the North Eastern Region. However, we feel that it is likely that the phraseology employed in detailing the scheme is capable of misinterpretation giving room for further discrimination amongst the employees posted in N.E. Region. This may, therefore, be appropriately clarified to mean that the employees and officers working in North Eastern Region are entitled to draw this allowance.
Staff side requested for correct phraseology.
It was informed by the official side that once Govt. has taken a decision on the matter, the issues raised will be looked at the time of issue of orders
Daily allowance on tour
The rates of daily allowance which include the following elements, viz. food, conveyance and accommodation suggested by the Commission to the officers other than Gr.A is extremely meager and would not go to meet the expenditure involved. We suggest the following amendment.
The rates prescribed for grade pay of Rs.4200 to 4800 and below Rs.4200 may be replaced with the following.
Rs.4200 to 4800 Reimbursement of hotel accommodation of upto Rs.1000 per day. Reimbursement of travel charges upto Rs.150 per Diem for travel within the city and reimbursement of food not exceeding Rs.200 per day. Below Rs.4200 Reimbursement of hotel accommodation of upto Rs.700 per day. Reimbursement of travel charges upto Rs.150 per diem for travel
within the city and reimbursement of food not exceeding Rs.200 per day.
Staff side requested that no bill should be required to support the claim for reimbursement of local travel and food as it was not possible to obtain any bill from local traveling modes and same was true for food also.
The official side stated that this was a matter of detail which could be considered once Govt. has taken a decision on the matter
Promotion ACP scheme
The scheme should be improved to provide three promotion at the intervals of ten, twenty and twenty five years of service.
They indicated as per the recommendations the ACP scheme is having reduced affect and hence not acceptable.
The official side stated that the matter would be examined.
Secretary staff side requested that soon after implementation of 6th CPC cadre restructuring should take place so that stagnation/hierarchy problems do not occur.
Inappropriate rationalization.
There is a great deal of resentment over the rationalization of the scales of pay of S9 to S.12. The grievances in this regard must be addressed by appropriate decisions.
The staff side requested that the staff with qualifications of Matric/ITI should be placed in 3050-4590 grade instead of 2750-4400. This issue is important for M/o Railway and Defence. The staff side insisted that the grade pay for S 11 and S 12 be appropriately revised as the 4 scales of pay merged in the pay band 2 have been provided with the same grade pay.
The staff side pointed out that the highest group B pay scale (2375-3500) had an edge over the Group A induction pay scale (2200-4000) in the IVth CPC, 5th CPC reversed this by granting Rs. 500 more to Group A induction pay scale. The 6th CPC has further widened this gap to Rs. 7500. This is not acceptable. In this connection the staff side also pointed the grant of PB 3 to the Divisional Accounts Officers Grade I whereas all others have been placed in PB 2.
The official side informed that this demand of the staff side would be placed before the higher authorities.
Pension
The Staff Side appreciates the acceptance of some of its suggestions for improving the pension of the old pensioners by the Commission. However, we feel the following amendment is needed in the case of pensioners.
a) The minimum pension must be the minimum of the PB. with grade pay.
b) The 5th CPC suggestion to refix the pension on the basis of the notional pay as on 1.1.1996 is to be implemented. The pension entitlement has to be worked out on that basis. The new commutation table to be applied only prospectively. The restoration of commuted value of pension should be on completion of 12 years.
The staff side demanded that the recommendation for revising the commutation table may not be accepted and the commuted amount of pension may be resotred after 12 years on the plea tht the Govt. was recovering the entire mount of commuted value along with interest within that period. They further stated that the submission made by them before the Secretary (Pension) may be considered. Director(Pension) informed that they had received a representation through staff side and it would be examined and would be placed to the higher authorities through Secretary (Pension).
Fast Track Committee
There are cases like the Master Craftsmen, where the existing pay scales have been reduced to a lower scale. To consider these types of cases, a fast track committee may be set up.
It was informed that the certain categories like Master Craftsman in Railways are in 5000-8000 scale whereas now they have been brought down to 4500. Secretary staff side emphasized that similarly in case of Pharmasists the whole background placed before the Pay commission is wrong therefore, wrong decision has been taken. It need to be corrected immediately. In the case of the Master craftsmen in Ministry of Defence and LDC also similar anomaly exists. They have requested to set up the Fast Track Committee in the concerned department to resolve.
The Chairman requested them to inform if they notice any such anomaly in near future in some other category also.
Demand of the staff side was noted by the official side.
Anomalies
There are certain anomalies arising from the disturbance of vertical and horizontal relativities etc. For quick and time bound disposal of these anomalies a Joint Committee of the National Council JCM with the participation of the Secretaries of all concerned Ministries should be constituted.
The Chairman informed that since the departments/ministries did not have financial experts to deal with the 6th CPC recommendations hence it would be looked into at a later date.
Grameen Dak Sewaks
Grameen Dak Sewaks are employed by the Postal Department. They constitute the largest segment of the workforce of the Postal organization. We suggest that the pay, allowance, pension and other benefits in their case should be proportionately what is suggested to the regular civilian employees. Since the Group D Cadres have been abolished, they may be promoted/absorbed/regularized in Group C cadres in the same manner provided for matriculate/non matriculate regular Group D employees.
The representative of Department of Posts informed that the Gramin Dak Sewaks were out of the purview of JCM hence it would not be appropriate to discuss this issue in this meeting. However, they informed that a separate Committee has been set up to look into the grievances.
It was further stated by the staff side that according to recommendations of the 6th CPC, all group D employees would be upgraded to group C post w.e.f. 1.1.2006. They would continue to do the same job and would be paid arrears.
The Chairman assured that the issues discussed with the staff side would be brought to the notice of the higher authorities dealing with the VIth CPC . He expressed his confidence and requested that the support of the staff side to resolve the legitimate issues should continue and their assistance whenever required would be taken. He also stated that at a later stage the Committee of Secretaries may also discuss these issues with the staff side and that the process of consultation is likely to be completed by June end 2008.
Secretary staff side thanked and assured of the continued support of the staff side.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

DoPT accorded permission for six months towards continuation of ad hoc promotion to HSG I cadre

Sub:- Continuation of ad hoc promotions made in the cadre of HSG - I
During my visit to the Directorate on 21st May 2008, I was informed by the DDG(P) that it has been decided with the approval of Department of Personnel & Training to continue the said ad hoc arrangement beyond 19th May 2008 for a further period of six months.
I urged him to instruct the Circles A.P & T. N to convene DPCs for promotion to HSG II cadre to be convened without further delay and pointed out the irregularities committed by them. He had also agreed with my view on this subject and told that action is being taken in this regard.
I also pointed out that all unfilled HSG II posts should be filled up by adhoc promotion and I hope orders would be issued shortly. I shall be pursuing.
= General Secretary, NUPE-C

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Delay in promotion to HSG II cadre – violation of rules – Tamilnadu Circle

78 -2 Dated the 12.5.2008

To
Shri. I.M.G. Khan,
Secretary,
Department of Posts,
New Delhi 110 001
Sir,
Sub: - Delay in promotion to HSG II cadre – violation of rules – Tamilnadu Circle
A kind reference is invited to my D.O letter of even No. dated 21.1.2008 addressed to Member (P) pointing out that the Tamilnadu Circle Administration has been yielding to the pressures of some vested interests who are against to the promotion of LSG Officials who were promoted under Fast Track Promotion Scheme and urged the Member (P) to instruct the Circle Administration to convene DPC immediately and promote the eligible LSG Officials who have completed three years service to HSG II without further delay
Unfortunately, the Tamilnadu Circle Administration succumbing to the pressures, acted on its own accord. On 23.4.2008, the Circle Office promoted 9 officials to HSG II who have declined the HSG II posts earlier in the month of April 2007 vide its memo no. STA/2-78/2008 dt. 23.4.2008. However, the Circle Office had not convened any regular DPC to promote other eligible officials so far. The intention is very clear now. The Circle Administration did not want to promote LSG officials who were promoted under Fast Track Promotion Scheme, to HSG II. In April ’08, nine officials were promoted who have declined in April 2007 and it shall promote some more officials this month who have declined in May 2007 and this process will continue till all the present vacancies are filled up.

The Circle Administration has not followed the rules prescribed by the department in respect of the above nine officials. The case of officials, who have declined promotion earlier, should have to be considered after expiry of one year and find out whether any disciplinary cases pending or contemplated against them by the DPC. It is said that the above nine officials were promoted straightaway by the Circle office.
The crucial date for determining eligibility of officers for promotion to HSG II cadre is 1.1.2008. Large number of officials has completed three years service in LSG last year and eagerly awaiting promotion to HSG II cadre. The HSG II posts are being manned by TBOP/BCR officials now without any monetary benefit. The Circle Administration should have ensured that DPCs are convened in advance and approved select panels are prepared well before commencement of the relevant vacancy years. In spite of several instructions, the Circle Administration violated the rules on the subject with a malafide intention.

Hence, my Union urges that suitable notice be taken against the officers concerned for the lapse in this regard after fixing responsibility as per DOPT O.M.No. 22011/9/98 – Estt.(D) dated the 14th December,2000 and instruct the Circle Administration to accord promotion to all eligible LSG officials to HSG II cadre without further delay.

My Union shall be thankful for urgent action and a line in reply.
With regards,

Yours sincerely,
sd/-
(D. KISHAN RAO)
GENERAL SECRETARY.

Copy to:-
Ms. Radhika Duraiswamy, Member (P) for favor of information and necessary action.

Sri. Kmalesh Chndra, DDG (P) for favor of information and necessary action.

GENERAL SECRETARY.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Meeting with Member (P), Postal Services Board

I met Member (P) with Sri.D.Theagarajan, S.G, FNPO, Sri.T.N.Rhate, G.S., P IV and Sri.P.S.Babu on 15th May 2008. The following problems were discussed :
1. Filling up of residuary vacancies in A.P.Circle - Agreed to issue further clarifications to the CPMG, A.P immediately. Secretary (P) also instructed CPMG, A.P in this regard when she met him on the 14th May'08. Secretary (P) also instructed the CPMG, A.P to invite all the Union leaders who have given strike notice from 21.5.08 and setlle all the issues.
2. Delay in promotion to HSG II cadre in Tamilnadu Circle -- We pointed out that the Circle is wantonly delaying to convene DPC and issue promotion orders to LSG officials who are eligible for promotion to HSG II cadre as per the departmental rules. Some irregularities were also pointed out in our letter and requested the department to take serious notice against the officers concerned for delay in convening the DPC citing the order of the DOPT on the subject.
Member (P) said that after calling for a report from the Circle, action will be taken in this regard.
3. Delay in promotion to HSG II cadre in A.P Circle :- We pointed out that in this Circle, LSG officials belonging to RMS cadre were promoted to HSG II, but in the Postal side this is delayed.
Member (P) said suitable instructions will be issued to the CPMG in this regard.
4. APM Accounts posting:- We again pointed out that the issue is still pending in the Directorate and urged to settle the same immediately. Member (P) said that the matter is still under discussion and a final decision will be taken early.
5. In fine, we urged the Member (P) the need for revision of LSG scale of pay since the sixth pay commission had not done the same. The Member (P) response was encouraging.
= General Secretary, NUPE-C

Meeting with Member (P), Postal Services Board

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பொது செயலர், தேசிய சங்க மூன்றாம் பிரிவு

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

“Public servant must be told of all ACR entries”

All entries, “good” or “bad” made by a superior in the annual confidential report (ACR) of a government employee must be communicated to him or her, the Supreme Court held on Monday (12.5.08). The Bench, of Justice H.K.Sema and Justice Markandya Katju rejected the Center’s contention that only an adverse entry had to be made known.
Writing the judgment, Justice Katju said non-communication of an entry “is arbitrary’ because it deprived the employee of an opportunity of making a representation and praying for its upgrade. ‘Moreover, the object of writing the confidential report and making entries in them is to give an opportunity to a public servant to improve his performance.”
“Fairness and transparency in public administration require that all entries (whether poor, fair, average, good or very good) in the ACRof a public servant, whether in civil, judicial, police or other service (except the military) must be communicated to him (or her) within a reasonable period so that he (or she) can make a representation for its up gradation,” the Bench said.
This would apply to an employee under the State or its instrumentality.
“If we hold that only a ‘poor’ entry is to be communicated, the consequences may be that persons getting ‘fair’ ‘average’ or ‘good’ entries will not be able to make a representation for their upgrade and this subsequently adversely affect their chances or promotion (or get some other benefit),” the Bench said.
It held that if the September 10, 1987, Office Memorandum was interpreted to mean that only adverse entries (i.e., ‘poor’) needed to be communicated it would become arbitrary and illegal.
Morale booster
The Court made it clear that even an ‘outstanding’ entry should be communicated since that would boost the morale of the employee and make him /her work harder.
Once a representation was made against an entry, the authority concerned must make a fair decision within a reasonable period. “We also hold that the representation must be decided by an authority higher than the one who gave the entry, otherwise the likelihood is that the representation will be summarily rejected without adequate consideration as it would be a n appeal from Caesar to Caesar,” the Bench said.
“All this would be conducive to fairness and transparency in public administration and would result in fairness to public servants. The state must be a model employer, and must act fairly towards its employees. Only then would good governance be possible.”
In the instant case, Dev Dutt, working in the Border Roads Engineering Service, was not considered for promotion as Superintending Engineer as he did not have the benchmark of “very good” entry; he got only a ‘good ‘entry for 1993-94. His petition before the Gauhati High Court that this was not communicated to him was dismissed.
Allowing his appeal against that judgment, the Bench said though he had retired, the ‘good’ entry must be communicated to Mr. Dutt and if an upgrade was allowed, he should be considered for promotion retrospectively. If promoted, he would be entitled to all consequential benefits with eight per cent interest a year.

Monday, May 12, 2008

తెలుగు వారికి శుభవార్త!!!

నమస్కారములు, ఇక పై తెలుగు వారికి మాత్రమే సంబంధించిన సమాచారం తెలుగులో ప్రచురించుటకు మా శాయశక్తులా ప్రయత్నం చేసేధమని మీకు తెలుపుటకు మిక్కిలి సంతోశించుచున్నాము.

ఇట్లు,
డి. కిషన్ రావు.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

மாநில செயலர்கள் மற்றும் கிளை செயலர்களே!
உங்கள் அனைவருக்கும் மத்ய சங்கத்தின் வாழ்த்துக்கள். சங்க உறுப்பினர்கள் அனைவருக்கும் மத்ய சங்கத்தின் வாழ்த்துக்களை தெரிவிக்கவும் . புதிய விதிகளின் படி சங்க உறுப்பினர்களின் எண்ணிக்கையின் படி அங்கீகாரம் அளிக்கப்படும் இது குறித்து விரிவான அறிக்கையினை சங்க இதழ் போஸ்டல் சென்டிநேஇல் வெளியிட்டுள்ளோம் . ஆகையினால் அனைத்து செயலர்களும் தக்க நடவடுக்கியினை எடுத்திருப்பார்கள் என நம்பிகிறோம் . உறுப்பினர்களின் எண்ணிக்கையினை அதிகரிக்க வேண்டுகேறோம் . எல்லா உறுப்பினர்களையும் நேரிடியாக சந்தித்து அவர்களின் ஆதரவை பெறவும்.
வாழ்த்துக்களுடன்,
பொது செயலர், தேசிய அங்கள் ஊழியர் சங்கம் முன்றாம் பெரிவு, புது டெல்லி.

Friday, May 9, 2008

௬ வது சம்பழகுழு அறிக்கை

தேசிய ஊழியர் சங்கம் - அஞ்சல் மூன்றாம் பிரிவு
மத்ய சங்கம், நியூ டெல்லி .
ஆறாவது சம்பளகுழு அறிக்கேயினை படித்துஎருப்பீர்கள் என்று என்னுகேரனே.உங்களது அறிய கருத்துக்களை எழுதி அனுப்பவும்.
= பொது செயலர்

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Subject:- CCS (LTC) Rules, 1988 - Relaxation for travel by air to visit

F.No. 31011/412007-Estt.(A)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
New Delhi, dated,2 May, 2008
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
The undersigned is directed to say that in relaxation of CCS (LTC) Rules, 1988, the Government have decided to permit Government servants to travel by air to North Eastern Region on LTC as follows:-
(i) Group A and Group B Central Government employees will be entitled to travel by Air from their place of posting or nearest airport to a city in the NER or nearest airport ..
(ii) Other categories of employees will be entitled to travel by air to a city in the NER from Guwahati or Kolkata.
(iii) All Central Government employees will be allowed conversion of one block of Home Town LTC into LTC for destinations in NER.
2. These orders shall be in operation for a period of two years from the date of issue of this O.M.
3. Data regarding number of Government employees availing LTC to NER may be maintained.
4. In their application to the staff serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department, these orders issue after consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor
General of India.
~~. (A. K. Chaturvedi)
Under Secretary to the Government ofIndia
Tel: 23092313

Monday, May 5, 2008

Commission, Omission - Pay Commission disappoints Postal Group ‘C’ employees

There is a great deal of resentment over the recommendations of the sixth Pay mmission amongst the Postal Employees. The 5th CPC had recognized the skills of the Postal Assistants and recommended higher scale of pay than the other Group ‘C’ employees of other Central Government establishments. Now, the various types of new works other than that of Post Office work are introduced which also requires highly skilled performance. However, the 6th CPC had not recognized this aspect and rescribed same pay band for the Postmen and Postal Assistants and only the Grade Pay has been increased to Rs.400/-to P.As. This has caused irksome to Postal Assistants and hence needs modification. The Grade Pay should be of Rs.2800 for P.As instead of Rs.2400. The gross injustice done to the TBOP cadre, though admitted in the evidence stage, the anomaly was not set right.

The Pay Commission has also not recognized the heavy responsibility shouldered by LSG Supervisors and did not recommend higher pay band. This is totally unjustified and unacceptable.Now the LSG is a Circle Cadre and many have to go to outstation and maintain two establishments. If the LSG Scale is not in commensurate with the esponsibilities they shoulder, many will decline to work in norm based LSG posts. The officials are justified in declining LSG promotion since they are not financially benefited to shoulder additional higher responsibilities. Further, the Department had already filed a SLP in the Supreme Court against the judgment of the Madras High Court and pleading that TBOP and BCR are only financial up gradation and not promotion. No body could predict the outcome of the Supreme Court case and when the final judgment would be pronounced. Therefore, now there is an urgent need that we should negotiate with the Govt. and the department to get higher scale of pay to the norm based LSG cadre. If we miss the bus, we have to wait for the next pay commission. We had lost already 10 years to get enhanced pay scale for TBOP/BCR cadres. Now, in middle class families mostly husband and wife are employed and ransfer is a liability since many have already settled in their respective towns/cities and constructed houses on getting loan from the department and banks.Hence the LSG Pay needs modification. We demand pre revised scale of pay of Rs.5000-150-8000 to LSG grade now. As stressed in the Pay Commission memorandum, there can be only one HSG cadre instead of 2 (HSG II & HSG-I). If there is one HSG cadre with a decent pay scale, the officials can go for some time to out stations on promotion till they can get vacancies in their towns/cities and the HSG scale can be pre revised scale of Rs.7450-225-11500.

The 6th CPC had also done injustice to PO & RMS Accountants by simply doubling the present special allowance of Rs.180 to Rs. 360. Majority of the officials will not become eligible to get the allowance once they become eligible for up gradation of pay in TBOP. The Special Allowance should be treated as special pay and should be paid to all PO & RMS Accountants irrespective of their grade in TBOP/BCR and the special pay should be taken for fixation when they are promoted to LSG cadre.

The 6th CPC’s contention that higher Pay Scales for System Administrators and Marketing Executives is not justified is unacceptable to us. We may demand pre revised scale of pay of Rs.5000-150-8000 to these officials and should be treated as separate cadre. The next promotional avenue for these cadres should be in HSG, Group‘B’ and Group ‘A’. The department can promote them to Group ‘B’ after conducting an examination or the department can prescribe some specific qualifications and allow these officials sufficient time to acquire them

As far as the basic structure of pay scale of CG employees is concerned, the Grade Pay should be raised by Rs.2000/- to all cadres up to Group B to set right the anomalies. The annual increment should be 4% to avoid derogation of emoluments compared to the future cost of living. All the new recommendations made by the Pay Commission should be discussed with the Staff Side JCM before implementation.

The recommendation that annual increment be at 2.5% per annum and date of effect should be from 1st July every year, is totally unjustified we may demand increment at 4% per annum and the same should be drawn after completion of one year of service as in existence at present.

The sixth pay commission has not recommended that merger of DA with basic pay at any stage. This is unacceptable. The present arrangement should continue.

The Sixth Pay Commission salaries at the top have gone much more and bleak as you go down and down.

We do not wish to express our opinion on other subjects, as we are awaiting the reactions of the Leaders of the other concerned Unions and as well as Leaders of the JCM.

We urge the Government and the Department of Posts to rectify these anomalies or otherwise the employees will be pushed to launch trade union agitations including industrial strike to achieve these genuine reasonable demands.