Thursday, May 31, 2012

ROTATIONAL TRANFER POLICY GUIDELINES FOR THE YEAR 2012-13

THE DEPARTMENT ISSUED REVISED TRANSFER GUIDELINES CLARIFYING THAT THE POSTAL ASSISTANT AND SORTING ASSISTANT ARE NOT COVERED BY THE STATION TENURE OF SIX YEARS. ORDER IS APPENDED BELOW.


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

DISCUSSION WITH SECRETARY, DEPARTMENT OF POSTS – GIST


Secretary, Department of Posts, Mrs. Manjula Prashar held discussions with the leaders of NFPE and FNPO on 21.05.2012. Ms. Yasodhara Menon, Member (Personnel), Sri. Salim Haque, DDG (P), Sri. V. P. Singh, DDG (Estt) and Sri. Subhash Chander, Director (SR) were also present. The staff side was represented by Com. M. Krishnan, Secretary General NFPE, Sri. T. N. Rahate, President, FNPO, Com. K. V. Sridharan, General Secretary, P3 & Leader, Staff Side Departmental Council JCM, Com. Giriraj Singh, General Secretary, R3 & Secretary, Staff Side, Com. Iswar Singh Dabas, General Secretary, P4, Com. Pranab Bhattacharjee, General Secretary, Admin. Union, Com. T. Satyanarayana, General Secretary, AIPAEA, Sri. H. N. Siddiqui, General Secretary, R4 (FNPO). Item wise discussion was held and following decisions arrived at.

1. Separate orders communicating the decision that no mail office will be closed for next three years and no dislocations of staff to places outside headquarters.

Instructions issued vide letter no. 28-8/2011-D dated 14.05.2012 (copy already given). Staff side pointed out that the meeting with Member (Operations) to discuss the issues arising out of implementation of L1, L2 has not been taken place, inspite of the clear orders given by Secretary, Posts. It is assured that the meeting with Member (O) will be arranged on 29.05.2012 after noon.

2. Orders communicating the decision about no closure/merger of post offices if no simultaneous relocation is possible.

Instructions issued vide letter No. 40-6/2011-Plg (Pt)f dated 21.02.2012. Copy of the orders will be supplied to the staff side.

3. Revision of wages to Casual labourers and absorption
At present, the draft memo placed to the Postal service Board is at the approval stage. It may require two more weeks after outcome of the decision of the Postal Services Board on the issues of revision of wages and absorption.

4. Revised recruitment Rules for Group D and Postmen as agreed upon and syllabus for Group D examination.

Clearance from DOP&T has already been received. Files bearing NOs 37 - 33 / 2009 - SPB - I concerned with the subject matter is already under submission to Ministry of Law for vetting the draft for amendment in Recruitment Rules of Postmen/MTS. On Receipt of the same from M.O Law, the RRs will be sent to Government press for necessary Gazette notification. Action for filling up the vacancies of Postmen and MTS for the year 2011 and 2012 will be taken after that.

5. Revision of cash handling norms to GDS and ensuring no reduction of TRCA under any circumstances and enhancing the Bonus ceiling to 3500/- and revise the cash allowance to BPM-at the rate of Rs. 50/- per trip instead of a month.

Protection of allowance (TRCA) and cash handling - order will be issued shortly as assured by the Minister of States, Communications. Regarding the enhancing of Bonus ceiling to Rs. 3500/- a proposal has been submitted to Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure for approval on 22.03.2011.

Regarding the issue of cash allowance to GDS for remittance of cash, the case is under process.

6. Orders revising the instructions liberalizing the powers to the Divisional heads instead of Circle heads in case of tenure posting to C and B class offices.
Orders under issue.
7. Reiteration of the earlier instructions on the grant of special pay to unqualified Accountants & counting of Special allowance for pay fixation without filing SLP against Bangalore High Court Judgement.

Regarding unqualified Accountants special allowance orders are under issue. Regarding counting of special allowance for pay fixation CPMG Karnataka Circle has been asked to file SLP, in the Apex Court on the advise of the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure.

8. Circulation of clarification given to Punjab Circle to the remaining circles also in respect of protection of pay of defunct PO & RMS Accountants.

Integrated Finance wing has sought some further inputs on the issue and action is being taken thereon.

9. Orders on forcible allotment of staff quarters to the town SOs Sub Postmasters as post attached quarters.
Instructions issued vide memo no. 18-9/2010-Bldg dtd. 10.05.2012.

10. Non supply of balance statement of NPS to the officials as on 31.03.2011

The statement of transactions (SOTs) of the subscribers of Central Govt. for the period 1.4.10 to 30.06.2011 have already been dispatched to the subscribers in the format approved by PFRDA by NSDL Mumbai vide letter dated 19.9.11. All the Directors of Accounts (Postal) have been informed about the dispatch of SOT vide letter No. 6-5/PA Book-I/NPS Procedure/2011-12/1960-89 dated 018.11.11.
The staff side reported that the required balance statement is still not circulated to the concerned. It is assured that this aspect will be examined and further action will be taken.

11. Enhancement of Financial powers of LSG, HSG II and HSG-I

     This is under examination.
12. Enhancing the honorarium for invigilators engaged in departmental examinations.
     Orders issued vide No. A.34020/17/2008-De dated 26.04.2012.
13. Allowing physically handicapped officials for appearing IPO Examinations.
       Under active consideration in consultation with Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
14. Orders on drawal of cash handling allowance to Treasurers, Accountants irrespective of their position in the MACP.
 A reference has been made to the DOPT in this regard. The argument of the staff side that it shoul decided in the department itself will be considered and decided shortly.

15. Finalisation of the cadre Review proposals:

It is assured that the proposals of the committee will be finalised before 30.06.2012. The next sitting of the committee will be held on 29.05.2012 forenoon.

16. Payment of incentive instead of honorarium for attending the PLI/RPLI work at Divisional offices after decentralization.

Case has already been processed and is in pipeline.

17. Orders for repatriation of officials deputed for PLI/RPLI work to CO/RO to their home divisions

All officials deputed for PLI/RPLI work to RO/CO from Divisional have been asked to be repatriated vide letter No. 30-1/2010/LI dated 27.01.2012.

18. Allowing Postmaster cadre officials to appear for IPO/PSS Group B examination.

The proposal has been examined and as observed, it does not fall in line with the existing instructions as these are two different streams and the postmaster cadre Recruitment Rules clearly says that these officials will not have any claim in the promotional channel of General line officials. The staff side insisted that postmaster cadre officials should not be deprived of the promotional chances of their counterpart in the general line against IPO/PSS Group B posts. Further they demanded that 100% of Senior Postmasters Posts should be reserved for the Postmasters cadre alone. It was agreed to have a relook into the entire issue.

19. Orders permitting postmaster cadre officials to officiate in HSG-I vacancies.

The matter has been examined. Not found feasible as per Recruitment Rules. On insistence of the staff side it is agreed to have a relook in to the matter.

20. DO letter from Member (P) to all Circles heads to fill up all posts of Sorting Postmen, Mail overseers, cash overseer and Head Postmen

Orders issued vide No. 37-4/2012-SPB-I dated 19.04.2012

21. Allowing MTS to decline promotion to postmen cadre under seniority quota without loosing MACP promotion.
Orders will be issued shortly.

22. Reiteration of the instructions for rotational transfer for SBCO staff by notifying clusture of divisions.

Orders issued vide No. 141-91/2012-SPB-II dated 02.04.2012

23. Issue instructions to all for ensuring filling up of all sanctioned LR Posts.
   Orders will be issued shortly.

24. Prompt grant of child care leave – Issue instructions
      Instructions reiterated vide letter No. 51-3/2011-SPB-II dated 10.05.2012.

25. Clarifications to be issued on MACP as agreed upon on the following.
     (i) MACP will not be deferred on the ground of contemplated disciplinary/Vigilence proceedings.
          Orders under issue.
    (ii) Instructions on review of ACRs/APArs by Scrutiny committee.
          Orders issued to complete the process before 30.06.2012, if not already done vide memo No.
          4- 7/(MACP)/2009-PCC (Part) Dt. 15.05.2012.
    (iii) Recovery orders by DA(P) in the matter of pay fixation of MACP in case of MTS.
           This will be sorted out early.
   (iv) Cases relating to declining promotion prior to the issue of MACP orders (Prior to 2009)
           Orders under issue.
26. Issuing clear instructions to all Chief PMGs that in the city areas where RO/Cos are situated decentralization of RPLI/PLI should not be done to city postal divisions, instead the work will be done by RO/CO staff as done before.

Agreed to issue detailed instructions to all Chief PMGs/PMGs in additional to the instructions already issued on 27.01.2012.

27. Issue orders on the terms finalized by the Postmen Committee and also follow up action on the certain items to be referred to work study unit.

The recommendations of the committee are under process. Orders will be issued on all the agreed items.
28. Cadre restructuring and settlement of Group – D and sorter issue relating to Postal Accounts.

Cadre restructuring proposal sent to Integrated Finance wing for their concurrence is at present with Postal Estt Branch. It is assured to expedite case.
Group D & Sorter anomaly: The information has been called for from all circle postal accounts offices. On receipt of the same the case will be examined further.

29. Follow up action on Civil Wing issues.

The R/Rules are presently pending with M/o Law & Justice. Will be notified immediately after it is cleared and further action will be taken.

30 Examination of CRC & EPF norms

Logistics Posts: Committee formed to work out the handling norms of Logistics Post has submitted its report. In view of observation of IFA(BD), DDG(Estt) has been addressed to provide extant provision for formulation of handling norms for new/existing service so that recommendations of committee can be further examined. Reply is awaited from DDG(Estt).

EPP: a Committee has been formed to work out the handling norms for EPP. The Committee has carried out preliminary exercise in its first meeting. Recommendations of the meeting are awaited.

The staff side raised the following issues also and position is explained as under:

(i) PA/SA Recruitment for 2011 and 2012- Orders issued. Time line will be fixed for calling for applications, examination etc.

(ii) Postmen, MTS posts filling – orders will be issued alter notifying the revised recruitment rules removing 25% outside recruitment in Postmen cadre and related changes in MTS RRS.

(iii) System administrators TA case – will be reexamined, Staff side may submit a detailed note.

(iv) HSG-I Recruitment Rules – Pursuing vigorously with DOPT, UPSC etc. It is in the final stage.

(v) Station tenure orders of Group – C employees – Clarificatory orders are under issue.

(vi) Revision of OTA rates – case already taken up with Finance Ministry Staff Side is requested to submit fresh proposals.

(vii) JCM standing committee minutes – Copy of Action Taken report supplied to staff side.

Subjects will be called for the next periodical meeting.

ANOTHER FEATHER IN THE CROWN OF FNPO



AIPAOA (FNPO) Recognised by Department of posts vide letter no 13/01/2010-SR Dated 18/05/2012
NUPE,Group C congrats the SGFNPO and all the axtivists for their efforts in getting the union recognised for the first time after introduction of CCS(RSA) Rules.

General Secretary






Monday, May 21, 2012

MACP SCRUTINY COMMITTEE

The circles were directed to complete the one time exercise.For downloading the letter right click on NUPEGC-DATABASE and MACP scretiny committee in the DATABASE
GS

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Department of Posts, informed that discussion with Secretary Generals and General Secretaries NFPE/FNPO will be held at 11AM on 21.05.2012 at Dak Bhawan to take concrete decision on remaining items of the Charter of Demands. More orders issued after the announcement of Hunger Fast programme. Remaining items will be clinched in the 21st meeting. In view of the above , THE CENTRAL JCA UNANIMOUSLY DECIDED TO DEFER THE HUNGER FAST PROGRAMME IN FRONT OF DAK BHAWAN AND CPMG OFFICES.


General Secretary



Friday, May 18, 2012

JCA DECIDES TO GO AHEAD WITH HUNGER FAST

JCA DECIDES TO GO AHEAD WITH THE HUNGER FAST PROGRAMME ON 21.05.2012. NO CHANGE IN PROGRAMME. ACTION TAKEN REPORT IS NOT SATISFACTORY

THE ACTION TAKEN REPORT IS PLACED BELOW:
GENERAL SECRETARY

Government of India

Ministry of Communications & IT

Department of Posts

(SR Section)

Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,

New Delhi-110001.

No. 08/15/2011-SR Dated the 15th May,2012

To

Secretary General,

National Federation of Postal Employees,

Ist Floor, Post Office Building,

North Avenue, New Delhi -1.

Secretary General,

Federation of National Postal Organizations,

T-24, Atul Grove Road,

New Delhi -1.

Subject:- Undue delay in settlement of agreed items of the strike charter of demands discussed in the meetings dated 10.01.2012 and 12.01.2012 taken by Secretary(P) with Postal Joint Council of Action.

Sir,

I am directed to refer to the Department’s letter of even No. dated 02.05.2012 on the above mentioned subject.

2. An action taken report ad seriatim on the issues referred to by the staff side, is as under:

1. Separate orders communicating the decision that no mail office will be closed for next three years and no dislocation of staff to places outside headquarters.

Instructions issued vide letter no. 28-8/2011-D dated 14.05.2012, a copy of which is enclosed.

2. Orders communicating the decisions about no closure/merger of post offices if no simultaneous relocation is possible.

Instructions issued vide letter No.40-6/2011-Plg(Pt) dated 21.2.12

3. Revision of wages of casual labourers & absorption.

The said Para is confined to the revision of wages of casual labourers.

The issue involves various policy decisions & as at present, draft memo for the Postal Services Board is at the approval stage. Further action would be taken after outcome of the decision of the PSB on the issues of revision of wages and absorption.

4. Revised recruitment rules for group-D & postman as agreed and syllabus for group-D examination (25% from GDS) & Postmen/Mailguard.

Files bearing Nos.37-33/2009-SPB-I and 44-14/2009-SPB-I concerned with the subject matter is already under submission to M/o Law for vetting the draft for amendment in RRs of Postman/MTS. On receipt of the same from M/o Law, the RRs will be sent to Govt. Press for necessary Gazette Notification.

5. Revision of cash handling norms to GDS & ensuring no reduction of TRCA under any circumstances and enhancing the Bonus ceiling to 3500/- & revise the cash allowance to BPM at the rate of Rs. 50/- per trip instead of month.

A Committee was constituted to look into the revision of cash handling norms & reduction of TRCA. The Committee has submitted its report, which is under consideration.

Regarding enhancing the bonus ceiling to Rs. 3500, a proposal has been submitted to Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure for approval on 02.03.2012.

So far as the issue of revision of cash allowance is concerned, the same is not part of the minutes. However, the issue will be examined.

6. Orders revising the instructions liberalizing the powers to the divisional heads instead of circle heads in case of tenure posting to C and B class offices.

Under issue.

7. Reiteration of earlier instructions on the grant of special pay to unqualified Accountants & Counting of Special Allowance for pay fixation without filing SLP against Bangalore High Court Judgement.

CPMG Karnataka Circle has been asked to file SLP in the Apex Court on the advice of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure.

8. Circulation of clarification given to Punjab Circle to the remaining circles also in respect of protection of pay of defunct PO & RMS Accountants.

Integrated Finance Wing has sought some further inputs on the issue & action is being taken thereon.

9. Orders on forcible allotment of staff quarters to the town SOs SPMs as post attached quarters.

Instructions issued vide letter no. 18-9/2010-Bldg. dated 10.5.2012.

10. Non supply of balance statement of NPS to the official as on 31.3.2011.

The statement of transaction (SOTs) of the subscribers of Central Govt. for the period 1.4.10 to 30.6.11 have already been dispatched to the subscribers in the format approved by PFRDA by NSDL Mumbai vide letter dated 19.9.11. All the Directors of Accounts (Postal) have been informed about the dispatch of SOT vide letter No.6-5/PA Book-I/NPS Procedure/2011-12/1960-89 dated 18.11.11

11. Enhancement of financial powers to LSG, HSG II & HSG I.

This is under examination.

12. Enhancing the honorarium for invigilators engaged in departmental examinations.

The issue of revision of rates of honorarium for Paper Setter, Evaluator etc. for Departmental Examinations has been examined and rates have been revised vide letter No.A.34020/17/2008-DE dated 26.4.2012.

13. Allowing the physically handicapped candidates for appearing IPO examinations.

Under active consideration in consultation with the M/o Social Justice & Empowerment.

14. Orders on drawal of Cash handling allowance to Treasurers, Accountants irrespective of their position in MACP.



A reference has been made to the DOPT in this regard.

15. Finalization of cadre review proposals before 31.03.2012.

The matter is under active consideration and further discussion with the staff side may be held shortly.

16. Payment of incentive instead of honorarium for attending the PLI/RPLI work at divisional offices after decentralization.

All officials deputed for PLI/RPLI work to RO/CO from Divisions have been asked to be repatriated vide letter No. 30-1/2010-LI dated 27.1.12

Further, in case of incentive, case has already been processed and is in pipeline.

17. Orders for repatriation of officials deputed for PLI/RPLI work to CO/RO to their home divisions.

Same as against sr. no. 16 above.

18. Allowing the Postmaster’s cadre officials to appear for IPO/PSS Group-B examination.

The proposal has been examined and as observed, it does not fall in line with the existing instructions, as these are two different streams.

19. Orders permitting the Postmaster cadre officials to officiate in HSG-I vacancies.

The matter has been examined. Not found feasible, as per R/Rules.

20. DO letter from Member(P) to all circle heads to fill up all posts of Sorting Postmen, Mail Overseer, Cash Overseer & Head Postmen.

Orders issued vide No.37-4/2012-SPB I dated 19.04.2012.

21. Allowing MTS to decline promotion to postmen cadre under seniority quota without losing MACP promotion.

Will follow shortly.

22. Reiteration of instruction for rotational transfer for SBCO staff by notifying cluster of divisions

Issued vide No.141-91/2012-SPBII dated 2.4.12.

23. Issue instructions to all for ensuring filling up of all sanctioned LR posts.

Will follow shortly.

24. Prompt grant of child care leave – issue of instructions.

Instructions reiterated vide letter No.51-3/2011-SPBII dated 10.5.12.

25. Clarifications to be issued on MACP as agreed upon on the following:

(i) MACP will not be deferred on the ground of contemplated disciplinary/vigilance proceedings

(ii) Instructions on review of ACRs/APARs by scrutiny committees

(iii) Recovery orders by DA(P) in the matter of pay fixation on MACP in case of MTS.

(iv) Cases relating to declining promotion prior to issue of MACP order (prior to 2009).

The issue is presently under examination.

26. Issuing clear instructions to all CPMsG that in the city areas where RO/COs are situated decentralization of RPLI/PLI should not be done to city Postal Divisions, instead the work will be done by RO/CO staff as done before.

Permission to Circle/Regional office to accept, process and service the policies relating to their headquarter cities where they were located, issued vide letter no. 30-1/2010-LI dated 27.01.2012.

27. Issuing orders on the items finalized by the Postmen committee and also follow up action on certain items to be referred to work study unit.

Report of the Committee has been received. The recommendations are under process.

28. Cadre-restructuring and settlement of Group-D and Sorter anomaly issues relating to Postal Accounts.

Cadre-restructuring: the proposal sent to Integrated Finance Wing for their concurrence is at present lying with Postal Estt. Branch.Group-D & Sorter anomaly: the information has been called for from all Circle Postal Accounts Offices. On receipt of the same the case will be examined further.



29. Follow up action on civil wing employees’ issues.

The R/Rules are presently pending with M/o Law & Justice. Will be notified immediately after it is cleared and further action will be taken.

30. Examination of CRC & EPP norms.

Logistics Posts: Committee formed to work out the handling norms of Logistics Post has submitted its report. In view of observation of IFA(BD), DDG(Estt) has been addressed to provide extant provision for formulation of handling norms for new/existing service so that recommendations of committee can be further examined. Reply is awaited from DDG(Estt).

EPP: a Committee has been formed to work out the handling norms for EPP. The Committee has carried out preliminary exercise in its first meeting. Recommendations of the meeting are awaited.

3. In view of the position explained above, you are requested to withdraw your notice of one day hunger fast for 21.05.2012 and cooperate with the Department in resolving the issues.

Yours faithfully,

Sd/

(Subhash Chander)

Director (SR & Legal)


AN – IMPORTANT CAT DECISION

            Abnormal delay in issuing a charge-sheet to an employee for his omissions and commissions leads to quashing of charge-sheet and also return of recovered money, if any amount is recovered from the charge-sheeted employee
            Facts: While the Applicant was working as Accountant with effect from 21.5.1996 and BCR with effect from 1.7.2007, he was issued with a charge-memo under rule 16 of CCS (CCA) Rules vide Memo, dated 11.12.2008 for a matter which related to October, 1997, i.e. more than 11 years old. A recovery of Rs1, 94,791 was to be recovered as per the order of SPOs, Sitapur, dated 27.03.2009. His appeals were rejected. Hence he filed this OA for setting aside his punishment.
            The Applicant, Accountant-II, states that no undertaking was taken from him in regard to recovery of amount if any amount is paid by him incorrectly and that B. K. Tripathi, Accountant-I is fully responsible for the lapse and an amount of Rs.24,442 only is to be recovered from him. Further, the punishment order is non-speaking and hence liable to be quashed.
            The Respondents sustain their orders based on various instructions of the Ministry of Finance and Chief Postmaster-General of U. P. Circle, Lucknow. They further state that an enquiry was conducted in the misappropriation of money and four persons including the Applicant was found responsible. Out of four, one had retired and another died. Hence no action was taken against them The Applicant and B. K. Tripathi, another employee were found guilty and an amount of Rs. 194791 and Rs. 24,442 respectively are to be recovered from them.
            The Applicant placed reliance on the case of P. V. Mahadevan v. M. D. Tamilnadu Housing Board (2005 AIR SCWs 690), wherein the charge memo was quashed due to inordinate delay. In the case of State of M. P. v. Bani Singh, reported in AIR similar view of delay led to quashing of the charge-sheet. In the case of State of A. P. v. N. Radhakrishnan (1998 (4) SCC 154), it was held that in all situations in respect of delay in conclusion of departmental enquiry may vitiate the proceedings. Following these judgments, the tribunal passed similar orders in O. A. No. 427 of 2006. Jhabbar Yadav v. Union of India and others decided on 16.10.2008.
            The Tribunal considering the delay in this case of 11 years which pertained to a case 11 years back examined the issue of charge-sheet and punishment thereon. The two employees now punished reportedly committed the mismanagement of money and on the pretext of having given and undertaking for recovery, if found guilty is not sustainable. In that connections. It was held:
            Held: “In view of aforesaid discussion, we come to the conclusion that there was an inordinate delay of about 11 years in issuing the charge-sheet for initiating disciplinary proceedings for which there is no proper explanation from the side of the Respondents. Therefore, having regard to the aforesaid preposition of law laid down by Hon. Apex Court (Supra) in the above cases, the disciplinary proceedings in question, deserved to be quashed, including order of recovery against Applicant initiated through charge-sheet, dated 11-12-2008 along with recovery Order, dated 27.03.2009. for the same reasons, the Appellate Order, dated 29.6.2009 is also liable to be quashed and accordingly it is so ordered. It is further directed that the amount already recovered, if any from the pay of the Applicant, shall also be refunded.”
            The OA is allowed accordingly to the above extent.
(Chandrika Prasad v. Secretary, Department of Posts, Dak Bhawan, New Delhi and other 5/2012, Swamynews 61 (Lucknow) date of judgment 25.8.2011)
OA No. 297 of 2009
Courtesy: Swamy News May 2012

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


SUPPLY OF GOOD QUALITY OF UNIFORM TO THE POSTAL EMPLOYEE, ETC. SUBMISSION OF SAMPLES OF CLOTH-REGARDING.

DG Post No. 23-5/2007-UPE    Dated 9th May, 2012.

          
Sub: Supply of good quality of uniform to the Postal Employee, etc. Submission of   samples of cloth-Regarding.
Sir,
            Postal Joint Council of Action and JCM of Department of Posts have raised following demand in their agenda items:
(i)         Supply of good quality of cloth of uniform
(ii)        Replacement of umbrella with rain coat for Postmen.
(iii)       Grant of uniform kit maintenance allowance for uniform, staff.

            The matters have been examined in consultation with Department of Personnel &
Training (DOPT) vide OM No. 14/1/2012-JCA2 dated 7.2.2012 (Copy enclosed) and necessary instructions to that effect has since been issued to the Heads of Circles of Department of Posts vide letter of even number dated 9th May, 2012 (Copy enclosed). This is for your information.

Yours faithfully
Sd/-
(R.B. Chawla), Director (E&MM)

SUPPLY OF GOOD QUALITY OF UNIFORM TO THE POSTAL EMPLOYEE, ETC.  OF CLOTH-REGARDING.
D.G Posts No. 23-5/2007-UPE dated 9th May,2012.

            The Associations of Department of Posts have raised a demand for supply of good quality of uniform to the Postal Employees, replacement of Umbrellas with water proofs to the postmen and grant of Uniform Kit maintenance allowance.
2.         The matter has been examined in consultation with Department of Personnel & Training (DOPT), and the clarifications given by them vide OM No. 14/1/2012-JCA2 dated 7.2.1012 is enclosed for necessary action, which interalia states that” after coming into effect of GFR 2005 this Department has issued an OM No. 14/7/2003-JCA dated 21.11.2005 (copy enclosed), which was in supersession of the earlier instructions, clarifying that the further procurement should be made as per the relevant rules in the new GFR’s 2005. This implies that Ministries/Departments can now decide to procure uniform from anywhere and on rates subject to complying with the provisions of GFR, 2005.”
3.         Regarding eligibility/supply of Umbrellas and replacement of Umbrellas with water proofs, the procedure has been codified in rule 737(X) & (XI) of Postal Manual Volume. I. The Heads of Circles are hereby informed that necessary action in this respect may be taken as per the codified procedure in consultation with the Internal Financial Advisers.
4.         The DOP&T have clarified that common categories of staff, with which DOPT is concerned, no kit maintenance allowance is admissible and they are entitled to washing allowance, if issued with uniform.
Yours faithfully
Sd/-
(R.B. Chawla), Director (E&MM)
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Sub:   Supply of good quality of uniform and other kit items to the Postal Employees of Department of Posts-regarding.

            The undersigned is directed to refer to Department of Post’s O.M. No. 23-5/2007-UPE dated 25th January, 2012 on the subject cited above and No. 23-5/2007-UPE dated 2nd February, 2012 regarding grant of Uniform and Kit maintenance allowances.
2.         In this connection , it is stated that after coming in to effect of GFR,2005 this Department has issued as OM No. 14/7/2003-JCAdated 21st November,2005(copy enclosed) , which was in supersession of the earlier instructions, clarifying that the further procurement should be made as per the relevant rules in the new GFR’s 2005. This implies that Ministries/Departments can now decide to procure uniform from anywhere and on rates subject to complying with the provisions of GFR, 2005. 
3.         Regarding replacement of Umbrella with raincoat for Postmen, it is stated that in case of employees not covered under common categories, Ministries administratively concerned should themselves decide the question of issue of uniform and scales/tenure in consultation with the appropriate financial authorities.
4.         In so far as issue relating to grant of Uniform & Kit maintenance allowances to all uniformed staff in Department of Posts is concerned, it is stated that for common categories of staff, with which DOPT is concerned, no such allowance is admissible and they are entitled to washing allowance, if issued with uniform.
Sd/-
(Ashok Kumar), Deputy Secretary (JCA)

Monday, May 7, 2012

          Postal department invited Expression of Interest from the Bidders to submit detailed Project report to Create Post Bank Of India. The last date for submitting the applications are 24/05/2012 and the bids will be opened on 25/05/2012. In the tender document it is clearly mentioned the objectives for setting up the Post Bank Of India are as follows:
(i) Provide banking which means the accepting, for  the purpose of lending or investment, of deposit of money from the public, repayable on demand or otherwise, and withdrawal by Cheque, draft, order or otherwise. PBI will be engaged in various types of banking as mentioned in Section 6 of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949.
(ii)  Provide banking services with special focus on rural areas.
(iii) Provide means of additional revenue generation for the DoP.
(iv) Ride on the Core Banking Solution which is proposed to be provided in all the post offices.
(v)  Provide a platform for financial inclusion.
(vi) Provide higher order value added services to over 250 Million existing Post Office Savings Bank account holders.
MONTHLY SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT EVENTS OF DEPARTMENT OF POSTS FOR MARCH, 2012
Postal Network to be leveraged to Financially Include BPL Households
Given below is a brief summary of significant events pertaining to Dept of Posts for the month March ,2012.
Department of Posts have disbursed wages amounting to Rs. 540 crores to 5.45 crores MGNREGS account holders across the country (except in Bihar Circle) during February this year.
An MoU was signed with UIDAI for enrolment and dispatch/ delivery of Aadhaar letters. As per the UIDAI portal, 53.31 lakhs enrolments have been done till 26.03.2012 at post offices. And approx. 9.01 crore Aadhaar letters have been booked till 03.04.2012.
Under the IT modernization project of the Department approved by the CCEA, 8 RFPs have been issued for selection of vendors. 5 LOI (Letter of Intent) have been issued and in 2 RFPs the financial evaluation is in progress.
MoU signed between Kerala water Authority and Kerala Postal Circle for acceptance of water charges through Post Offices.
Preliminary discussions were held with Idea Cellular Pvt. Ltd. for accepting payment for recharge of pre and post paid connections through e-payment.
Training for Savottam Certification of officials of five selected Head Post Offices was arranged by PTC Vadodara .
Project Arrow initiated to improve the “core activities” of the Department and “Look and Feel” aspect of post offices has been implemented in 15597 post offices and 1759 post offices, respectively.
The Department of Posts ( DoP) has decided to leverage its extensive network in rural as well as in urban areas to financially include BPL households by opening their savings accounts at their nearest Post Offices. These accounts will not only serve the purpose of financial inclusion but also constitute critical infrastructural support to transfer cash benefits to the BPL households. This will go a long way in reducing their poverty and furthering the mandate of Government of India and the State Governments. More than 1.2 crore such accounts have already been opened so far across the country. Various Ministries and Departments of Government of India have been addressed to consider delivering cash components of their social security and welfare schemes targeting the BPL households through these accounts.
Stamps were issued on Vasant Dada Patil ( 1st March), Shyama Charan Shukla (9th March) and 100 years of Civil Aviation (14th March).

DG Post No. 113-01/2011-SB dated 30-03-2012

Subject: Revision in interest Rates of Small Savings Schemes wef 1st April 2012

            The undersigned is directed to say that vide its OM No. 6-1/2011-NS-II(Pt.) dated 26-03-2012, Ministry of Finance (DEA) has revised interest rates of Small Savings Schemes from 1st April 2012. Detail about old and revised rates is given below:

INTEREST RATE TABLE
Name of Scheme
Period
Interest rates
From 1.12.2011
Interest rates
From 1.4.2012
Savings Accounts
General
4.00 %
4.00 %
Time Deposit
1 Years
7.7 %
8.20 %

2 Years
7.8 %
8.30 %

3 Years
8.0 %
8.40 %

5 Years
8.3 %
8.50 %
5 Years Recurring Deposit
5 Years
8.0 %
8.40 %
Monthly Income Account
5 Years
8.2 %
8.50 %
Sr. Citizen Savings Scheme Account
5 Years
9 %
9.30 %
Public Provident Fund Scheme Account
15 Years
8.6 %
8.80 %
National Savings Certificates (VIIIth) issue
5 Years
8.4 %
8.60 %
National Savings Certificate (IX issue)
10 Years
8.7 %
8.90 %

2.         This is for information of the field staff as well as general public and Notifications will be circulated a an received from MOF (DEA)

3.         This issues with the approval of DDG(FS)

Sd/- (Kawal Jit Singh), Assistant Director (SB)



Saturday, May 5, 2012

ROLE OF FNPO ON GDS


Dear Colleagues,

Of late both NFPE and AIPEDEU claim that benefits which GDS avail now are due to them only. But whatis the reality?

I feel that it is my duty to explain what actually happened in the pastandhow GDS got these

benefits. Who sacrificed for GDS? But who are the gainers today? The FNPO is compelled to reveal thepast history.

RIGHT FROM THE INCEPTION TO TILL DATE

Before formation of NFPTE, an all India convention was held in Madras on 6-6-1954. K.R. demanded a

separate union for EDAs and also ED Enquiry Committee in order to improve the service conditions of

EDAs.

On 5-9-1954, a Supreme Council was called by K.R. as Secretary-General of UPTW. In that council, he

placed the re-alignment scheme which was circulated by the Govt. on 30-8-1954. The Council approved

the Government’s proposal.

KR Demanded separate union for EDAs along with nine unions. The then DG Sri L.C. Jain assured that the

demand of K.R. would be considered at the appropriate time. Unfortunately K.R. was defeated in the Secretary-General’s election.

Thereafter NFPTE did not bring pressure on the Govt. for separate union for EDAs. Why there was no

pressure from NFPTE?

When NFPTE was formed, there were two unions representing class III and PM & Class IV.

The EDAs were allowed to be members of above two sections depending upon their nature of duties. This

method helped the NFPTE to manipulate the voting systems to gain the power battle. How they indulged

in manipulation is required a separate book-let to explain.

In the year 1957, the Govt. appointed a committee under the chairmanship of Sri C.V. Rajan, retired Postal

officer to review and submit report on the service conditions of EDAs. Though NFPTE ignored KR, K.R.

submitted separate memorandum wherein he demanded separate union for EDAs.

While KR was General Secretary, P III in the year 1960, he was arrested during the general strike launched

by all Central Govt. employees. Disciplinary proceedings were initiated against KR and his pay was reduced

by three stages as punishment. He rejoined duty on 19-3-1962 after a gap of 20 months.

KR formed FNPTO in 1968. The Govt. as usual recogniesd P III & P IV unions only. But KR refused to

accept the Govt. decisions and pleaded for recognition for separate union of EDAs. At last the Govt. acceded

to the request of KR and gave recognition for EDA union on 10-10-1968. Thus the recognized ED union

was formed in the Postal industry for the first time under the banner of FNPTO.

At that time there was no EDA union under the banner of NFPTE.

First duty on EDA union

EDAs who took part in the one-day token strike in the year 1968 were removed from service by the Govt.

At that time, there were two punishments-one was removal and the other dismissal. KR fought severely

against this discrimination and the Govt. at last relented and all the EDs were ordered re-instatement in

service. This was a major achievement after formation of separate union for EDAs. (NUEDA)

Madan Kishore Committee

The Govt. appointed Pay Commission for Central Govt. employees in the year 1970. K.R. Demanded that

the Pay commission should also look into EDA’s problems. But the Govt. did not agree with K.R. and they

appointed Madan Kishore committee for EDAs. K.R. submitted Memorandum and also tendered oral evidence

before the Madan Kishore committee. The Govt. rejected all the favourable recommendations of Madan

Kishore committee. Orders were issued for revising basic allowance and not pay structure.

Security of Service for EDAs

At that time there was no security of service for EDAs. Affected EDAs approached the court of Law.

Favourable judgments were given by the High Court. K.R. supported one EDA who got a judgment in his

favour. He rendered financial Assistance and also advised how to face the Govt. in apex court. At last the

Supreme Court delivered judgment on 22-4-1977 declaring the EDAs are holders of Civil posts within the

meaning of Article 311(1) and 311(2) of the constitution of India, but they are no Agents or Casual Labourers.

The Supreme Court said that EDA is a holder of Civil post outside the civil service. In accordance with the

Supreme court judgment, the P & T Board issued orders that an enquiry should be held as in the case of

regular employees if it is proposed to dismiss/remove an EDA from service and thus security of service

was assured and whimsical dismissals were averted.

Before this judgment, even an IPO can dismiss ED employees on flimsy grounds without an enquiry.

Principle of natural justice was not applied to ED employees. Therefore, the first major and vital issue

solved by KR and NUEDA was security of service. Another aspect of security of service was that unless

warranted none should be put off duty (suspended) KR’s persistent endeavours yielded results.

Rajya Sabha Petitions Committee:

Smt. Leela Damodaran M.P. presented a petition signed by Sri B.K.Samantha Ray and 33 other EDAs of

Orissa Circle to Rajya Sabha on 11-5-1978 and it was accepted and referred to the Petitions Committee.

NUEDA led by KR submitted a detailed Memorandum on all the problems and tendered evidence before

the Committee on 13-8-1978. The report of the Committee was placed on the table of the Parliament on

11-5-1979.

The Committee recommended a Rent of Rs.10 p.m for the accommodation of the B.O at the residence of

the BPM. But this proposal was rejected by the Government. However, when Sri CM.Stephen became

Minister (C) and at the pursuance of KR, orders were issued to grant Rent of Rs.10 p.m. and also a special

allowance of Rs.5 to other ED Class IV.

KR was pressing the Government to consider all other recommendations favourably. But, supply of

umbrellas, enhancement of the rate of gratuity, employment to the dependants of ED employees who die in

Harness and payment of adhoc increase in wages (D.A) annually from the 1 of September of every year,

were only accepted.

NUEDA under the able leadership of KR conducted many struggles. Due to the persuasion of KR, nearly

8000 BOs were upgraded as EDSOs, if a PCO is Installed in the BO, and thus there was enhancement of

the Basic Allowance etc.

When 4th Pay Commission was appointed, KR urged that revision of wages and service conditions of the

EDAs should also be referred to the 4th Pay Commission. The Pay Commission was agreeable and KR got

a reply from the Pay Commission to that effect. But under the pressure from the P&T Board, the proposal

was not accepted by the Government and the 3rd ED Enquiry Committee under the chairmanship of

Sri R.R.Savoor, Retired Member (P) was appointed on 5-11-1984.

Immediately after appointment of Savoor Committee, KR demanded Interim Relief to EDAs also. The

CommIttee granted a relief of Rs.40 to EDSPMs and to the rest Rs. 30 w.e.f 1-12-1984.

Wage structure, service conditions and trade union rights of ED employees were projected in the forum of

ILO, when he attended the ILO Committee Meeting held at Geneva from 27 November to 5’h December,

1984.

KR through NUEDA submitted an exhaustive memorandum to ED Enquiry Committee. . .

The important recommendation was on wages - prorata minus a percentage plus 16% as compensation for

non grant of leave.

There were some benevolent recommendations, such as, grant of DA as and when Departmental

employees are paid and cent percent neutralization, treating DA as separate segment, Increase in gratuity

to 16½ times the alllowance but no pension, introduction of contributory group Insurance, Increase In FSC,

Increase in the rate of cycle maintenance allowance, payment of bonus on the basis of individual

emoluments etc.

KR had discussions with the Postal Board on 17-10-1986, 17-111986

and 17-12-1986. The Board agreed

not to implement the major adverse recommendations, and also agreed to fix wages on a prorata basis

upto 2 hours and not beyond.

JCA was formed in March 1987 under the leadership of KR Strike notice was served on 1-5-1987. KR

along with other leaders of all unions visited some circles and the response was tremendous.

Before strike commenced, settlement was reached and signed on 11-7-1987 and in TV it was shown as

KR handing over settlement letter to the then D.G Sri Raghavachari.

The D.G (P) issued orders on the major recommendations on 15-71987.

Wages were increased to all

EDAs. Another important settlement was payment of DA along with the C.G. employees twice a year and

increase in combined duty allowance, cycle maintenance allowance and office maintenance allowance.

As a result of further struggles jointly by FNPO and NFPE, Directorate agreed to forward to Ministry of

Finance, recommendations for further increase in wages, increase in the rate of gratuity to Rs.6000,

coverage of group insurance scheme, payment of subsistence allowance and grant of pension.

On the advice of KR, Sri N.G. Shirolkar, Former C/S NUEDA Karnataka Circle had filed an application on

behalf of some EDAs for grant of subsistence allowance to EDAs when put off duty in 1985 in the High

Court of Karnataka and won the case.

Another most outstanding achievement in 1989/90 was the payment of Bonus to the ED employees on the

basis of individual emuluments.

Group Insurance scheme was also accepted and implemented. In this way, KR was able to succeed in

making the ED employees on par with the Departmental employees in the case of I) security of service, ii)

D.A as and when announced, iii) Bonus payment and iv) Group Insurance Scheme, though

departmentalization of ED was not possible.

KR out of his rich experience advised us instead of sticking on only to one item of Departmentalisation of

ED system, it would be better to fight for departmental facilities to ED employees and get them solved one

by one.

On 15-7-1991, strike notice was given, strike to be commenced from 11-8-1991. On the intervention of the

Hon’ble Minister, the strike was postponed. NUEDA and FNPO under the able guidance of KR conducted

several agitational programmes along with the other Federations, and also FNPO and NUEDA separately

conducted Pay Strike on 31-7-1992, Dharna on 1-9-1992 and hunger strike on 13-10-1992.

Again Strike notice was issued for indefinite strike and strike took place from 7-12-1993 to 10-12-1993. It

was also successful and called off on the written assurance. Due to this strike only, the Department agreed

to appoint an ED Committee headed by Justice Talwar.

KR submitted Memorandum to Justice Talwar Committee. NUEDA submitted a joint Memorandum along

with NFPE as a policy matter at that time under the able guidance of Late Shri T.P. Kothandaraman, the then

G/S NUPE Class III and Shri R.A.P. Singh, the then G/S AIPEU Class III. KR’s Memorandum was well

received.

When the Govt. kept the recommendations in cold storage, JCA decided to go on strike again from

18-11-1997. It was postponed.

NUEDA individually served a strike notice, strike to be commenced from 4-12-1997. Due to the fall of the

Government at the Centre, the strike was withdrawn. Then, both FNPO and NFPE conducted indefinite

strike w.e.f. 8-7-1998. On the 16th the strike was called off. At every time, ED officials enblock joined the

strike and wanted to continue till their legitimate demands are solved. Again the JCA wanted to go on strike

for 2 days on 21-12-1998 and 22-12-1998. As the Department conceded the strike demands to some

extent, strike was withdrawn on 18-12-1998.

On 17-12-1998, the Department revised the remunerations payable to various categories of EDAs. It is a

step forward though not satisfactory.

Another separate union for EDAs were formed latter by BPTEF and then by NFPTE in the year 1999, that

too due to new recognition Rules 1997.

OUR ROLE AFTER THE YEAR 1999

Increase of TRCA

The Govt. merged 50% DA with the basic pay for Central Govt. employees. It was not extended to GDS. Sri

S.S. Mahadeviah General Secretay AIPEDU undertook fast and the NFPE also subsequently supported it

but there was no result. Thereafter FNPO and NFPE jointly served strike notice on 7-2-2005 demanding

50% DA merger with TRCA.

On 14-3-2005, Secretary-Generals of both the Federations met the members of Parliament at Delhi and

requested them to take up our genuine issue in the Parliament by giving a call attention notice.

On 14-3-2005, Sri Ajay Makhan M.P. of congress party joined the M.Ps delegation and met the Prime

Minister and demanded in favour of merger of 50% DA with TRCA. A video-conference was called by the

then communication Minister, Sri Dayanidhi Maran and assured for appointing a committee to look into the

above issue. The committee was formed and the committee met twice. FNPO was represented by SG

FNPO and GS, NUGDS. The committee did not accept the merger of 50% DA but recommended to give

increase of 2% of TRCA. It was not accepted by both the Federations. Finally the Govt. agreed to increase

5% in TRCA.

R.S. Nataraja Murthi Committee

The Govt. appointed VI Pay Commission for Central Govt. Employees. As usual the Govt. refused to discuss

GDS issue in the VI Pay Commission. Both Federations decided to go on indefinite strike in this regard from

24-7-2007. Meanwhile, the Dept. appointed Natarajamurti Committee to look into new pay structure for

GDS.Both NFPE and Sri Mahadeviah, General Secretary tendered oral evidence and memorandum before the

R.S. Natarajamurthi committee.

The FNPO and NUGDS submitted joint Memorandum and also tendered oral evidence.

GDS Bonus

The Dept. reduced the bonus ceiling to GDS from Rs. 3500/- to RS. 2500/-. Both Federations opposed this.

Meanwhile 90% of the recommendations of Natarajamurti committee were implemented. Whatever the

recommendations which are against the GDS, FNPO and NUGDS jointly protest.

In regard to cash handling, our union filed a case against the Department.

From the fore-going it is found crystal clear that the role of FNPO in the improvement of service conditions

of GDS is not lesser compared to the role of NFPE and AIPEDU.

Postal employees know very well why the NFPE and AIPEDU is now fighting each other. We do not want to interfere in their internal affairs.But we cannotremain a silent spectator when NFPE and AIPEDU attempt to hide our role in

the joint struggles for GDS.

Yours Fraternally,

(D. THEAGARAJAN)

Secretary General



Wednesday, May 2, 2012


Copy of Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Department of Personnel & Training O.M. No. 31011/4/2007-Estt.(A) dated 20th April, 2012.
 OFFICE MEMORANDUM
 
Sub: CCS (LTC) Rules, 1988 - Relaxation for travel by air to visit NER.
           
            The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department O.Ms of even No. dated 02.05.2008 and 20.04.2010 on the subject mentioned above and to say that the relaxation for LTC travel to visit North Eastern Region under CCS(LTC) Rules, 1988 contained in the O.M. dated 02.05.2008 is extended further for two years beyond 1st May 2012.

2.         Hindi version follows.

Sd/-
(B. Bandyopadhdyay)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Department of Posts, DE Section letter No. A.34020/17/2008-DE dated 26-4-2012

Subject: Grant of Honorarium for setting Question papers, valuation & conducting Limited Departmental competitive Examinations – Revision of Rates reg.

I am directed to invite a kind reference to this office letter no. 18-4/96-DE dated 2-7-1996 wherein the rates of honorarium in connection with conducting of Limited Departmental competitive Examinations, was communicated.

2.         The issue of revision of rates of honorarium for setting up of Question papers, valuation of Answer Scripts etc and conducting of Limited Departmental Competitive Examinations has been under consideration in the Directorate for quite some time. The President is now pleased to decide in supersession of this office letter no. 18-4/96-DE dated 2-7-1996 that the rates of honorarium for the following items of work for conducting Limited Departmental Competitive Examinations will be as shown here under:

S.No.
Activity
Present Rate adopted
Revised Rate
1.
Setting of Question paper
(a) for Gr. A /Gr. B Posts
Rs 280
Rs.1000 per paper

(b) for Gr. C and dother
      De-Centralized Examinations
Rs 210
Rs 1000 per paper
2.
Preparation of key
25% of the Rte for setting
25% of Rs 1000
3.
Evaluation of Answer scripts

Rs 25 per Answer Script.
i)  Gr. A & other Gr. B Posts
7-00
ii) IP & JAO Examination
5-60
iii)De-Centralized Examinations
4-20
4.
Supervision for conducting Limited Departmental Competitive Examinations
Rs 30 Per Session
And Rs 50 per day
Rs 400 per session and Rs 600 per day
5.
Invigilators Appointed in Limited Departmental Competitive Examinations
Rs 20 per session and Rs 30 per day
Rs 250 per session and Rs 350 per day
6.
Clerical staff brought on Duty
Rs 25 per day
Rs 150 per session and Rs 250 per day
7.
Gr. D (MTS) Assistance
Rs 15 per day
Rs 150 per session and Rs 200 per day.


3.         The Provisions of FR-11 and FR-46 should be kept in view while sanctioning Honorarium and Payment of Honorarium is subject to Annual ceiling provided in Scheduled of Financial Powers & DFRs.

4.         The Additional Expenditure on account of Revision off Rates has to be met within the Allocated funds provided under respective Heads of Account.

5.         The Revised rates of honorarium for setting Question papers and Evaluation of Answer books will apply in case of all the Limited Departmental Competitive Examinations held on or after 26/4/2012.

6.         This issues with the Concurrence of integrated Finance Wing vide their Diary No. 118/FA 12-CS dated 26-4-2012..

Sd/-
(K Rameswara Rao)
Asst. Director General (DE)