Sunday, July 19, 2009

Defective incentive scheme - NREGS - CHQ letter to the Department

1 – 108 13.7.09

The Secretary,
Dept. of Posts,
New Delhi 110 001

Sub: - NREGS – defective incentive policy

Consequent on MOU with State/Central Govts. for implementation of NREGS, the incentive to the staff was being paid on the basis of amount deposited. The BPM was being paid Rs.300/- per one lakh and the C Class S.O SPMS Rs.100/- per one lakh. In B Class offices and other Sub Post Offices, the amount was shared by P.A and SPM @ 2/3 and 1/3 respectively. When compared to the work done by the staff the incentive was meager and we were demanding to take the work in calculating the workload at the office and provide justified staff. The department did not provide any additional staff, on the other hand reduced the incentive rates drastically from March 2009 onwards.

As per the new incentive rates, in B.Os Rs. 8- 60 will be paid per annum, for one account provided 10 transactions takes place in a year. If it is less than 10 transactions, no incentive will be paid. Out of Rs. 8-60, BPM will get Rs. 7-60 and another GDS Rs.1.00. If there are two GDS staff, the BPM will get only Rs.6-60 and other two GDS will get Rs.1/- each. In C Class Sub Post Offices, SPM will get Rs.3-40 and Group D Rs.1-00. In B Class Post Offices, SPM will get Rs.1-40 and P.A Rs.2-00.

When compared to the old rates, new rates are very low. A labor assured of minimum 100 days work @ Rs.100/- per day. For 100 days, he will get Rs.10, 000/- and BPM was getting Rs.30/- as incentive , now he will get only Rs.3-00. It is less than 1/3 of the old rate. The no. of days of work to the labor is proposed to increase up to 150 days and Rs.15,000/- will be disbursed by the BPM. In the old rate he would have got Rs.45/-, but in the new rate, there is no change and the same Rs.8-00 will be paid. If there are 8 transactions in a account, no incentive will be paid to the staff. If the transactions are more than 10, there is no change in the incentive.

In the new system there is possibility on non payment of incentive to BPM as it is inadmissible. Unless the ledger posting is done at S.O, it is not possible to arrive at the no. of transactions in each account. In many S.Os there are more than 50,000 accounts and there is no arrangement for the posting work from the Department and literally it is impossible to attend ledger posting work by a single official. Practically now no incentive is payable as every B.O should have one Account to prepare the bill.

While fixing incentive rates the department did not take into consideration the local payments made at S.O by the SPMs. The SPM is paying the amounts like BPMs and also attending to the ledger posting work. But the incentive is being paid at the rate of B.Os work done at S.Os. Therefore, for the local payment made at S.O the incentive applicable to BPMs plus the S.O incentive be paid as both the works are being done at S.O only.

The new incentive system not only reduce drastically the payment of incentive to staff, but also put on additional burdens on S.O staff to count the no. of accounts where more than 10 transactions took place B.O wise. They are not in serial order and it is practically impossible to pick out the Accounts from 50 thousand accounts.

It is therefore requested to restore the old incentive system scrapping the new system.

My union shall be thankful for immediate action and a line in reply.

Yours sincerely,

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