Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Letter to Secretary demanding for one time relaxation of service condition for HSG II and HSG I promotion after implementation of Cadre Restructuring

No:4-5                                                                                            Dated 19.12.2017

Shri. A.Nanda
Department of Posts
Dak Bhawan,
New Delhi – 110001

Sub:-  Issues arising out of implementation of Cadre Restructuring orders of Postal Group ‘C’ employees – Request immediate intervention and negotiated settlement.
Ref:    1.Memo No. 25-04/2012-PE-I (Pt.) dated 27.05.2016 of Department of Posts regarding Cadre Restructuring of Postal Group ‘C’.
          2.Memo No.25-4/2012-PE-I(Vol.II) dated 10.11.2017.
Your kind attention is invited to the above mentioned orders of the Directorate instructing the Circle heads to implement the Cadre Restructuring proposal of Postal Group ‘c’ approved by the Directorate.
As per the Cadre Restructuring agreement signed by the staff side and Administration all HSG-I officials having two years service in the HSG-I cadre shall be promoted to the next grade pay of 4800. But as per the Cadre Restructuring proposal approved by the Department, only limited number of HSG-I posts are identified as Non-Functional HSG-I posts with 4800 GP. This is against the spirit of the agreement. This should be reviewed and all HSG-I officials with two years service should be granted the next Grade Pay of 4800.
1.    Taking into consideration the fact that large number of HSG-II and HSG-I posts will be created by up gradation and also that sufficient hands fulfilling the minimum qualifying service for promotion to HSG-II and HSG-I will not be available as a result of which large number of supervisory posts in HSG-II and HSG-I will remain vacant for years together, it is most imperative, essential and unavoidable that the minimum qualifying service for promotion to HSG-II and HSG-I should be dispensed with as a one-time measure. Such a relaxation was granted earlier for filling up of vacant HSG-I posts earlier. All senior official eligible for promotion to HSG-II and HSG-I shall be given notional promotion without joining the promoted posts by conducting DPC in a chain-manner. Such notional promotion was granted from 1983 for LSG and from 1991 for HSG-II, as the TBOP/BCR promotion treated as LSG/HSG-II till 2002 was termed as financial up gradation with retrospective effect. By granting notional promotion to HSG-II and HSG-I in a chain-manner will minimize the mass scale transfer and dislocation of HSG-II and HSG-I officials. Relaxation for dispensing with minimum qualifying service as a one-time measure shall be obtained from nodal ministry.
2.    DPC for promotion to NF HSG-I, HSG-I, HSG-II and LSG should be held in a descending order from Non-functional HSG-I to LSG and not in an ascending order from LSG to NF HSG-I. If for any higher post qualified hands are not available then the DPC for next below post should be held and qualified hands from that list, may be promoted to the higher cadre. By following this method dislocation of senior officials from one division to another can be minimized, as they can get promotion to the higher post in their division by virtue of their seniority.

3.    While dispensing with the minimum service for HSG-II and HSG-I as one time measure to facilitate filling up of all vacant posts in HSG-I and HSG-II, the Recruitment Rules may also be amended so that for future promotions to HSG-II and HSG-I, the minimum service condition will be fixed as three years instead of six years and five years now. This will facilitate filling up of posts without any delay in future.

4.    Clear orders should be issued for drawl of officiating pay to officials working in LSG, HSG-II, HSG-I posts on short term and long term ad-hoc/officiating arrangements.

5.    While effecting promotion to LSG, HSG-II, HSG-I and NF HSG-I the “Very Good” condition for bench mark should not be applied as it is applicable to MACP promotions only, that too without any retrospective effect. “Very Good” factor should not come into the picture for promotion to regular LSG, HSG-II, HSG-I and NF HSG-I. Further the promotion to LSG, HSG-II and HSG-I are on “Selection cum seniority” basis and not on pure “Selection” method.

6.    Further there is possibility of certain officials declining promotion due to transfer/dislocation or due to health problems or due to no financial benefit on promotion. Declining promotion in all such cases should be permitted and the officials should not be compelled to accept promotion by force on flimsy technical grounds as enough eligible candidates will become available for promotion, once the minimum service condition is relaxed.

7. After implementation of Cadre Restructuring, some of the senior officials promoted have been declining, as there is no financial benefit, further posted outside the station or to other divisions, the officials are incurring financial losses.  To avoid such anomaly, It is therefore requested to kindly cause to issue orders contained in Dept. of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance OMs 10/02/2011-E.III/A dated 07.01.2013 and OM No 169/2/2000-IC 24.11.2000 in its true spirit and allow fixation of pay on promotion on or after 24.11.2000 to all the officials promoted  to the cadre of LSG/HSG-II/HSG-I from the respective feeder cadre, whether they are promoted by selection through DPC or by passing a competitive departmental examination, by extending the benefit of fixation of pay under FR22(1)(A)(i) as the promotional posts carry higher responsibility having the same grade pay.

We hope that the Hon’ble Secretary, Department of posts will understand the genuine difficulties of the officials who are to be promoted under Cadre Review and extend a positive and helping hand to ameliorate their grievances on sympathetic and humanitarian consideration.

Awaiting favorable action,

   Yours faithfully

                                                                                                             (D Kishan Rao)

                                                                                                                           General Secretary

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