Friday, October 30, 2009

CHARTER OF DEMANDS

1. Drop all measures to merge SROs with Head Post Offices and reject the recommendations of PMG Kurnool.

2. Stop merging RMS Offices having more than 10,000 mails in violation of agreement between the Department and the Staff Side.

3. Stop all negative moves of merger / abolition of RMS Divisions; CRCs; ROs; Transit Sections; and Night Sets.

4. Drop all moves towards privatisation / outsourcing of MMS functions.

5. Implementation of Arbitration Award on OTA; Revise OSA; and refix ceiling for entitlement for drawal of OTA.

6. Recruitment of required Drivers and Work Shop Staff.

7. Filling up the vacant posts of Assistant Managers in MMS; Mail Guards and MSE staff in RMS.

8. Abolish all GDS MM posts in RMS and regularise the existing GDS MM as MSEs.

9. Grant Temporary Status to all eligible Casual labourers as on service on 1.9.1993; Issue immediate orders for drawal of 6th CPC wages to all RRR Candidates, Casual labourers and Contingent Staff.

10. Revise unscientific work norms in Speed Post and CRCs.

PROGRAMME OF ACTION

9.11.2009 – 11.11.2009: Gate Meeting at Work Spot.

13.11.2009: Dharna at Divisional / Regional Offices.

20.11.2009: Dharna at Circle Office and Submission of Memorandum to Chief Postmaster General.

22.11.2009 – 29.11.2009: Meet your Constituency Member of Parliament and submit Memorandum seeking his intervention with the Honourable Prime Minister & MOC&IT.

30.11.2009: Rally to Governor and submission of Memorandum.

1.12.2009: Dharna in front of Dak Bhawan and serving of

INDEFINITE STRIKE NOTICE.

FROM 15.12.2009: Indefinite Strike

K.Ragavendran

Secretary General NFPE

JCA Decisions

SECRETARIES GENERAL OF NFPE & FNPO - GENERAL SECRETARIES OF P3, P4, R3, R4 & ADMN UNIONS OF BOTH NFPE AND FNPO - DEPUTY GS POSTAL ACCOUNTS UNION - TREASURER AIPEDEU CHQ - ATTENDED THE JCA MEETING on 28th October 2009


JCA MET IN THE AFTERMATH OF IMPLEMENTATION OF GDS COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS

JCA UNANIMOUSLY DECIDED TO ORGANISE A NATIONWIDE 'SAVE RMS' PROGRAMME BY POSTAL JCA DURING NOVEMBER 2009 AND CULMINATING IN INDEFINITE STRIKE BY RMS&MMS UNIONS OF NFPE & FNPO FROM 15TH DECEMBER 2009 - FEDERATIONS & OTHER AFFILIATES OF NFPE & FNPO WOULD ORGANISE EFFECTIVE SOLIDARITY PROGRAMMES IN SUPPORT OF RMS&MMS EMPLOYEES STRIKE.


DUE TO MORE TIME REQUESTED BY THE AIPEDEU FOR FINALISING THE DEMANDS OF GDS IT HAS BEEN DECIDED TO MEET AFTER RMS STRIKE - OTHER REGULAR EMPLOYEES UNIONS ALSO WOULD FINALISE THEIR DEMANDS IN DUE COURSE AND WOULD BE DISCUSSEDD IN NEXT JCA MEETING AFTER RMS STRIKE

POSTAL JCA DECIDED TO ADDRESS THE SECRETARY [P] ABOUT THE SERIOUS ATTACKS MOUNTED ON THE RMS - THE COPY OF LETTER FROM JCA TO SECRETARY [P] AND THE COPY OF CHARTER OF DEMANDS / PROGRAMME OF ACTION / JCA CIRCULAR ARE PLACED HEREUNDER FOR FACILITATING THE BRANCHES AND DIVISIONS TO ORGANISE JCA PROGRAMMES WITH TOTAL SUCCESS.




COPY OF POSTAL JCA CIRCULAR TO CIRCLE SECRETARIES
 
National Federation of Postal Employees


1st Floor, North Avenue Post Office Building, New Delhi - 110001

Federation of National Postal Organisations

T-24, Atul Grove Road, New Delhi - 110001

JCA/2009 Dated 29th October 2009



To

All Circle Secretaries of NFPE / FNPO Unions / Associations.


Dear Comrades / Colleagues,

The Postal JCA of NFPE – FNPO – AIPEDEU – NUGDS has met in the Office of NFPE on 28.10.2009 and reviewed the situation as a follow up to the implementation of GDS Committee and pending issues of Postal Regular Employees. It has been decided that the Postal JCA will again meet in December 2009 after the finalisation of demands by GDS Unions and other Unions for reviewing the situation. However, the Postal JCA with grave concern reviewed the intensifying attack on the RMS & MMS and the new schemes and plans aimed at liquidating the RMS & MMS completely. The JCA has thereafter came to the unanimous conclusion that unless the moves are resisted with all our might immediately the Department will go ahead with its negative moves of merger of RMS Divisions; Merger of SROS with HPOs; Merger / Abolition of RMS Offices in violation of agreement between the Directorate and Staff Side; Outsourcing of MMS functions to Private Contractors etc. It was therefore decided upon to launch an All India Programme of Action under the banner of the Postal Joint Council of Action in November 2009 culminating in an Indefinite Strike action by RMS & MMS Unions of NFPE and FNPO from 15th December 2009.

The Postal JCA letter addressed to the Secretary Department of Posts along with the 10 Charter of Demands and the Programme of Action are enclosed. Circle Secretaries are requested to circulate all by translating in respective Regional languages. A Strike Campaign Tour Programme by the General Secretaries and the Secretary General of NFPE and FNPO is also under preparation to touch all State Capitals. The Strike Tour will be exhibited in the websites of the Federations shortly.


Let us understand that time has come to rise as one man to defend our existence.

Organise most effectively.

Organise for our survival.

Initiate all round action for the success of the Programme of Action.

With Struggle Greetings,

Yours Comradely,


[D.Theagarajan] [K.Ragavendran]

Secretary General Secretary General

FNPO NFPE



COPY OF LETTER ADDRESSED BY JCA TO SECRETARY [P]


POSTAL JOINT COUNCIL OF ACTION

National Federation of Postal Employees

1st Floor, North Avenue Post Office Building, New Delhi - 110001

Federation of National Postal Organisations

T-24, Atul Grove Road, New Delhi - 110001

JCA/2009 Dated 29th October 2009



To

Ms.Radhika Doraiswamy

Secretary [P]



Madam,

The Postal Joint Council of Action comprising of National Federation of Postal Employees; Federation of National Postal Organisations; All India Postal Extra Departmental Employees Union; and National Union of Gramin Dak Sewaks held its meeting on 28.10.2009 in New Delhi and unanimously resolved to address this letter to you drawing your kind attention to the growing serious attacks on the very existence of the RMS & MMS under your Chairmanship.



The Postal JCA also noted with grave concern that the solemn agreement reached after hectic negotiations between the Department and the Staff Side on the matter of merger of 101 RMS Offices with all men and materials identified with less than 10,000 mail volumes with the neighbouring RMS Offices is being breached in the Second Phase of Mail Consolidation. Circle Administration here and there have started to attack the existence of RMS Offices with more volume of work in a blatant violation of the agreement reached at the All India level making mockery of such bilateral agreements.

The constitution of a Committee headed by the PMG Kurnool without the knowledge of Staff Side and the recommendations of that Committee to merge all SROs with the HPOs and carry on the functions under the control of the Head Postmasters is a rude shock to the RMS & MMS Employees. It is afraid that such type of sweeping recommendations of the above Committee without any kind of mutual discussions with the staff side will be implemented unilaterally resulting in the liquidation of RMS and that already another Enlarged Committee with Circles level Officers has been formed for supervising the implementation of the recommendations.

Already 5 ROs out of a total of 14 ROs in the country have been abolished and the balance ROs are also in the process of being liquidated.124 Transit Sections including TMPs have been abolished and mails diverted to road conveyance causing delay in public mails. There are actions initiated to reduce the number of CRCs in several Metros at the command of the Secretary Department of Posts. There has been no purposeful effort to consider the long pending demand of the Staff Side to finalise the work norms in CRCs and other branches in a scientific manner to do away with the unilateral fixing up of CRC norms. However action has been initiated to close down the CRCs!

MMS has been operated by the Department for the speedy and punctual mail conveyance all these years but the policy has been reversed to outsource more and more of the mail conveyance. MMS is being replaced by CMS denoting the handing over of mail conveyance to private players as against the stiff opposition of the staff side. With the focus shifting from letter mail to logistics more and more universally, and that the Department of Posts also had entered into the logistics services, the future is for a bigger logistics operation in India due to its expanding market of logistics. In such a scenario instead of planning to build our own fleet of bigger logistics vans and staff, the outsourcing of mail, speed post and logistics conveyance to private contractors is a totally negative approach aimed at liquidation of the MMS wing.

To cap it all the Department has started to merge RMS Divisions in some circles also and the Staff Side is apprehensive that the cumulative effect of all the attacking posture is aimed at total liquidation of RMS and MMS and merge the entire RMS operations with Post Offices and hand over whole MMS operations to CMS.

The necessary intervention needed on the part of the Department of Posts at the Government level for ensuring upward revision OTA Rates which is far low in comparison to casual labour wages and for revising the OSA is absent. Even the re-fixing the ceiling limit for OT entitlement is not done despite staff side representations. There have been no attempt to get the posts of Drivers and Mail Guards / MSEs filled up despite staff shortage. This shows the Department of Posts is only interested in attacking the interests of RMS & MMS and ignores the interests of staff.

The Postal Joint Council of Action after a threadbare discussion has come to the conclusion to address immediately to you seeking your personal intervention for effecting a complete reversal of the policy of liquidation of RMS & MMS and initiate measures to strengthen the RMS & MMS wing through constructive policy directions. The Postal Joint Council of Action has also been forced to take a unanimous decision to launch an all India Programme of Action by the entirety of Postal Employees under the banner of the Postal JCA immediately in the month of November 2009 that will culminate in an Indefinite Strike Action by all RMS and MMS Employees belonging to NFPE and FNPO organisations in December 2009 for which Notice would be submitted at the appropriate time. The Postal JCA also expresses its hope that there will be change of course by the Department of Posts and that meaningful dialogue with both our Federations and the All India Unions affiliated with us would be preferred on the enclosed Charter of Demands to maintain tranquillity and peace in the India Post.

Thanking you,

Yours faithfully,

[D.Theagarajan] [K.Ragavendran]

Secretary General Secretary General

FNPO NFPE

[D.Theagarajan] [Giriraj Singh]

General Secretary – R-III General Secretary – R-III

[A.H.Siddique] [P.Suresh]

General Secretary – R-IV General Secretary – R-IV

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Diwali Greetings

The CHQ wishes all its members, viewers of this blog, well wishers and their families a happy and prosperous Diwali.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Implementation of Recommendations of Shri.R.S.Nataraja Murti Committee - Revision of Wage structure of Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS)

The Department of Posts today issued orders on the above subject.  The order can be downloaded in the departmental website: www.sahuliyat.com.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Implementation of GDS Committee Recommendations – Latest Position

Today the General Secretary, NAPE Group C and the Secretary General, FNPO met the Secretary, Department of Posts and urged release of orders on GDS Committee recommendations and payment of arrears to GDS before Diwali. Letters were also submitted by FNPO, NAPE Group C and NUGDS to the Secretary (Posts) seeking payment of Rs.10, 000/- as advance immediately before the festival pending disbursement of arrears. The Secretary informed that the minutes of Cabinet Meeting are expected on Thursday and orders will be issued on the same day of receipt of minutes. We also met the concerned DDG and he has also said that even if the order is received on 9th morning, he will issue orders on the same day evening. If the minutes are received on the 9th evening, he will dispatch the orders on Saturday morning.


The officers have suggested the Union the following action plans to help the GDS colleagues to get the disbursement before the festival:

The Divisional Secretaries, Circle Secretaries of NAPE Group C and NUGDS will send the copies of undertaking to be obtained from the GDS employees by the DDOs before effecting the payment and submit the undertaking duly signed by the concerned GDS to the DDOs without waiting for the DDOs to send the declarations. Proforma of undertaking is given below. This is to avoid non submission of declaration as a hurdle for the disbursement.

The orders are expected on Friday, the Divisional Secretaries should meet the concerned SSPO’s/SPO’s and request them to attach staff on holidays by incurring OTA for fixation of revised TRCA based on the examples given in the Directorate orders. The tables given in the GDS commission report will not be useful as 5% TRCA is added for fixation benefit from 1.4.2004.


Meanwhile the DDOs and staff of Accounts branches may be requested to prepare and keep the skeleton bills ready well before receipt of fixation orders from the Divisional Office.



UNDERTAKING
I hereby undertake that any excess payment that may be found to have been made as a result of incorrect fixation of pay or any excess payment detected in the light of discrepancies noticed subsequently will be refunded by me to the Government either by adjustment against future payments due to me or otherwise.

Date                                                                                                                                                     Signature -------------------




Station                                                                                                                                                   Name -----------------------

                                                                                                                                                             Designation-----------------

Meeting by the DDG (Estt.) with FNPO and its affiliated Unions

A meeting was held on 6.10.2009 with DDG (Estt.) for discussion on the “Action Taken Report” on sectional Charter of demands submitted by FNPO and its affiliated Unions in the meeting with the Secretary (Posts) held on 13.1.2009.


Similarly, the meeting with the DDG (Personnel) and DDG (FS) will be held shortly.

The outcome on the items of Group C relating to Establishment Section is as under:

Item No. 2 of ATR Annexure I

Refix the wages of all paid substitutes – RRR Candidates Part time/contingent w.e.f 1.1.2006 on the basis of revised pay scales.

Action: Orders in respect of Temporary status officials were already issued. In respect of RRR candidates, the competent authority will be decided and orders will be issued shortly. Most probably CPMG, T.N.Circle will be asked to issue orders. In respect of Part time/contingent officials, the file is sent to nodal Ministry for approval.

Item No. 18 of Annexure II


Fixing time factor for all work to which no norms are available.

Action: Time factor will be fixed for RPLI, NREGS and other business activities and orders are under issue

Item No 8 of Annexure I

Counting of special allowance for pay fixation- case of PO & RMS Accountants.

Action: - The granting of special allowance will be re-examined and allowance will be doubled in the context of MACP orders duly issuing clarification.

Item No.15 or Annexure I

Creation of System Administrator Posts and Marketing Executives. Grant of  special Pay and grant of Road mileage allowances, fixing norms etc.

Action: Pending cadre restructuring, orders are under issue for sanctioning conveyance allowance in slabs ranging from Rs.320 – 800 – 1100.

Item No. 4 Annexure III

Implementation of the Arbitration Award on OTA dated 4.9.2005

Action: - The 5th and 6th CPCs dispensed with OTA system. However proposal will be sent to the DoP&T proposing the need of continuation of OTA in operative side and revised rates of OTA.

Meeting with Secretary, Department of Posts

Today General Secretary, NAPE Group C and the Secretary General, FNPO met the Secretary, Department of Posts and submitted letters urging immediate grant of funds from welfare fund besides granting of natural calamity advance to the affected staff. The Secretary (Posts) responded immediately and asked the officers to obtain the reports of CPMsG by fax. The CPMG, Andhra requested Rs.4.5 lakhs from welfare fund and the same was allotted.



The CPMsG were asked to grant natural calamity advances after fulfilling the required conditions/rules as they are competent to grant such advances.



The letter of the CHQ addressed to the Secretary (Posts) is appended for information.


1 – 60 (2) dated the, 7th September, 2009




To

Ms. Radhika Doraiswamy,

Secretary,

Dept. of Posts,

New Delhi 110 001



Madam,

Sub: - Relief to flood affected victims – Postal Officials in Andhra Circle

The unprecedented rain and floods had devastated entire Kurnool town in Andhra Pradesh and the entire Postal staff living in the Postal quarters and Postal officials residing in the areas adjoining to the river were rendered homeless and lost all their belongings. The Roads, Houses and bridges in Kurnool and Mahboobngar have also collapsed due to the flood.

The massive flood in the Krishna wreaked havoc in Krishna, Guntur and Nalgonda districts of Andhra Pradesh as enormous quantities of water were released from Nagarjunasagar dam.


My Union therefore urges to grant enough funds from Welfare fund besides granting natural calamity advances to the affected staff immediately for their survival.

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

Yours sincerely,


(D. KISHAN RAO)

GENERAL SECRETARY.

Kudos to Postal Employees of Proddatur Division – Kurnool Region- Andhra Circle

In the recent floods in Andhra and Karnataka States several thousands of people have been affected and rendered homeless and lost everything. The Postal Employees of Kurnool are also victims of the calamity.

The Postal Employees of Proddatur responded immediately and sent two trucks of food items, clothes, utensils and other items worth Rs.10 lakhs immediately.



The CHQ expresses its gratitude and congratulates Mr. David Raju, Regional Secretary, NAPE Group C and Sri.Venugopal Reddy, Divisionnal Secretary, NAPE Group C for their timely help in sending the assistance and becoming a role model



Appeal !

The CHQ appeals to all our members, well wishers and sympathizers to contribute generously for providing relief to the large number of Postal Officials who have been rendered homeless and lost all their belongings following unprecedented rain in Kurnool, Mahboobnagar, Guntur, Nandyal and Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh Circle.



Contributions may please be sent to Sri.K. Manohar Rao, Circle Secretary, NAPE-Group C, Andhra Circle, APM, Secunderabad HPO, 500 003

Monday, October 5, 2009

Proposed Indefinite Strike from 7th October 2009

In view of the acceptance of the GDS Committee recommendations by the Government of India, the proposed indefinite strike from 7th October, 2009 is deferred..




- General Secretary, 
   National Association of Postal Employees, Group C.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government Pensioners/ family pensioners – Revised rate effective from 1.7.09

Dept.of Posts No. 4-10/09- PENSION dated 24-9-2009

I am directed to forward herewith a copy of Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions (Department of Pension and Pensioner’s Welfare) OM No. 42/12/2009-PP&PW (G) dated 23.9.09 regarding the above mentioned subject received from Department of Pension & Pensioner’s Welfare, New Delhi for information, guidance and necessary action.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM


The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM No. 42/12/2009-P&PW (G) dated 27th March, 2009 on the subject mentioned above and to state that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Relief payable to Central Government pensioners shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 22% to 27% w.e.f 1st July, 2009.

2. These orders apply to (i) All Civilian Central Government Pensioners/Family Pensioners (ii) The armed Forces Pensioners, Civilian Pensioners paid out of the Defence Service Estimates, (iii) All India Service Pensioners (iv) Railway Pensioners and (v) The Burma Civilian Pensioners/family pensioners and pensioners/families of displaced Government pensioners from Pakistan, who are Indian Nationals, but receiving pension on behalf of Government of Pakistan, who are in receipt of ad-hoc ex-gratia allowance of Rs.3500/- p.m in terms of this Departments OM No. 23/1/97-P&PW (B) dated 23.2.1998 read with this Department’s OM. No. 23/3/2008 – P&PW(B) dated 15.9.2008.


3. Central Government Employees who had drawn lump sum amount on absorption in a PSU/Autonomous body and have become eligible to restoration of 1/3rd commuted portion of pension as well as revision of the restored amount in terms of this Department’s OM No.4/59/97-P&PW (D) dated 14.07.1998 will also be entitled to the payment of DR @ 27% w.e.f 1.7.2009 on full pension i.e., the revised pension which the absorbed employee would have received on the date of restoration had he not drawn lump sum payment on absorption and Dearness Pension subject to fulfillment of the conditions laid down in para 5 of the O.M dated 14.07.98. In this connection, instructions contained in this Department’s OM No. 4/29/99-P&PW (D) dated 12.7.2000 refers.

4. Payment of DR involving a fraction of a rupee shall be rounded off to the next higher rupee.

5. Other provisions governing grant of DR in respect of employed family pensioners and re-employed Central Government Pensioners will be regulated in accordance with the provisions contained in this Department’s OM No.45/73/97-P&PW (G) dated 2.7.1999 as amended vide this Department’s OM No. F. No. 38/88/2008-P&PW(G) dated 9th July, 2009. The provisions relating to regulation of DR where pensioner is in receipt of more than one pension will remain unchanged.

6. In the case of retired Judges of the Supreme Court, and High Courts, necessary orders will be issued by the Department of Justice separately.


7. It will be the responsibility of the pension disbursing authorities, including the nationalized banks, etc to calculate the quantum of DR payable in each individual case.

8. The offices of Accountant General and Authorised Public Sector Banks are requested to arrange payment of relief to pensioners etc on the basis of above instructions without waiting for any further instructions from the Comptroller and Auditor General of India and the Reserve Bank of India in view of letter No. 528-TA. II/34-80-II dated 23/04/1981 of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India addressed to all Accountant Generals and Reserve Bank of India Circular no. GANB No. 2958/GA-64 (ii) (CGL)/81 dated the 21st May, 1981 addressed to State Bank of India and its subsidiaries and all Nationalised Banks.

9. In their application to the pensioners/family pensioners belonging to Indian Audit and Accounts Department, these orders issue in consultation with the C&AG.

10. This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure vide their U.O.No. 334/EV/2009 dated 23.9.2009.

- Examination for promotion to the cadre of Inspector of Posts for the year 2009 scheduled to be held on 4th – 6th January, 2010

D.G (Postal) No. A-34012/05/2008-DE dated 07-09-2009

I am directed to refer to the calendar of Limited Departmental Competitive Examinations for the year 2009 circulated vide this office letter of even number dated 31st August, 2009 and to say that the Examination for promotion to the cadre of Inspector of Posts for the year 2009 has been scheduled to be held on 4th, 5th and 6th January, 2010.

2. The schedule of activities and details of Papers & timetable are given at Annexure-1. It is requested that wide publicity may please be given to the examination schedule. Receipt of this letter may kindly be acknowledged.

Name of examination: - Inspector of Posts Examination, 2009.

Exam. Scheduled to be held on: 4th – 6th January 2010

Last date for submission of application by candidates: Not applicable

Intimation to Directorate about approximate no. of candidates and requirement of Question papers and name of authorized officer to receive question papers: To be sent immediately.

Date by which list of Centers of Exam with names of Supervisors to be sent to Directorate: 06-11-2009.

Last date of sending

Tabulation sheet to the Directorate: 10-11-2009

Expected/Tentative date of announcement of result: 30-04-2010

Details of Papers & Time Table


Paper I (Without books) Monday, the 4th January 2010 10.00 A.M. to 1.00 P.M

Paper II (Without books) Monday, the 4th January, 2010 2.00 P.M to 5.00 P.M

Paper III (With books) Tuesday, the 5th January, 2010 10.00 A.M to 1.00 P.M

Paper IV (with Books) Tuesday, the 5th January, 2010 2.00 P.M to 5.00 P.M

Paper V (Without Books) Wednesday, the 6th January, 2010 10.00 A.M to 1.00 P.M

Thursday, October 1, 2009

GDS Committee Recommendations

The Cabinet had approved today the GDS Committee Recommendations.  Most probably only Nataraja Murti Committee recommendations may be implemented.  The minutes of the Cabinet Meeting is yet to be received from the Cabinet Secretariat.

Hence the details will be known only next week.  We feel that the Department may release the order next week.

The Hon'ble Minister has not held any Press Meet today.

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