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Saturday, July 2, 2011

India Post partners with 'Fabindia' to open Retail Counters

With the opening of first postal retail extension counter at Fabindia’s flagship store, India Post and Fabindia have kick started a unique Public- Private Partnership.

The counter was jointly inaugurated by Smt. Radhika Doraiswamy – Secretary (Post) to Government of India and Mr. William Bissell – Managing Director, Fabindia Overseas Private Limited. The counter is located at Fabindia’s flagship store at 14, N Block Market, Greater Kailash-1, New Delhi.

As a part of the joint endeavour to enhance customer experience, India post will now offer customers hassle free postal retail service which would enable the customers to buy, pack and dispatch Fabindia products not only within India but also to international destinations. To help the customers in booking consignments, Delhi Postal Circle staff will be deployed at Fabindia store.

With 140 stores across 58 cities in India and four international stores, Fabindia Overseas Private Limited is India’s largest retail platform for a wide range of products produced by artisans living largely in rural areas.

The Post Office counter at the Fabindia outlet will offer the following domestic and international services from 1100 Hours till 1900 Hours (on all working days):

* Flat Rate Parcel Service (Domestic) – Air Express Service, High Quality Boxes as a part of postage charges, One India One Rate

* Flat Rate Parcel Service (International) – Any destination, anywhere in the world. Total composite Rates are applicable

* EMS Speed Post Service (Domestic & International) – Fast, reliable, guaranteed Service

Highlights of the strike agreements

Demand No. 1

· Drop the Mail Network Optimisation Project (MNOP) and reject the Mckinsey Consultancy’s disastrous recommendations. Withdraw the hub system introduced for processing speed post articles and restore status-quo-ante. Drop the move to introduce hub system for processing of first class mails including registered articles and to close down hundreds of sorting offices. Drop the proposed move to introduce delivery hubs for delivery of articles by withdrawing delivery from all town sub post offices in the urban areas. Stop outsourcing the work of Postal, RMS and MMS functions.

The mail arrangement made in the wake of creation of speed post hubs and which, as represented by the staff side, are causing delay as compared to the position prevailed before, will be reviewed by a committee including the Secretary Generals NFPE and FNPO. As regards first class mails, the question of forming L1 and L2 will be deferred and reviewed along with the staff side by forming a committee.


*Stop closure/merger of Post offices including Branch Post offices.

There will be no closure of POs. If any merger/closure becomes necessary, there will be simultaneous relocation and opening of POs.


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Cancel the orders changing the designation of Sorting Postman which leads to abolition of hundreds of promotional posts of postmen staff.

Clarificatory orders restoring the earlier position will be issued.. The nomenclature of Sorting Postman will be restored.


· Review CRC, EPP and logistics norms.


It will be discussed further



Demand No. 2

· Grant status as Central Government Civil Servants to Gramin Dak Sevaks employees for all purposes including service matters, pay scale, increment, allowances, pension, promotion, leave, bonus, trade unions rights and other terminal benefits.

It was not within the competence of Department to take a view for status. Govt. level decision is required.


· Scrap the new Recruitment rules for appointment of postmen by 25% outside recruitment which curtails the promotional avenues of GDS and restore the previous Recruitment rules.

In Group ‘D’ Recruitment Rules 75% posts will be earmarked exclusively for GDS. In the absence of casual labourers the remaining 25% will also be filled up with GDS. Regarding 25% allotment for outside recruitment in postmen, it will be reviewed. Till then, no selection from outsiders will be made.


· Enhance the bonus ceiling of GDS to 3500/- at par with regular employees.

For Bonus enhanced ceiling, once again it will be taken up with Ministry of Finance.


· Withdraw the tightened norms for cash handling, stamp sale, and other norms for assessing the workload of BPMs.

It was agreed to revise the cash handling point from Rs. 20000/- per point to Rs. 10000/- per point. Orders will be issued soon.


· Stop reduction of TRCA in case of reduction in workload.

It will be considered to cause full protection of TRCA instead the present ceiling that maximum of the minimum TRCA.


· Withdraw the orders restricting compassionate appointment of GDS to 10% of the vacancies.

It was agreed to consider the demand favorably.


· Scrap the newly notified “GDS Conduct & Engagement Rules” and restore the previous “GDS Conduct and Employment Rules”.

It was not agreed despite repeated demands made by staff side.


· Fill up all GDS Mailmen Posts in RMS.

It will be pursued.


· Providing norms for NREGS and till that time the higher rate of incentive may be paid.

It will be considered and question of taking cash handed for TRCA calculation will also be considered .


Demand No. 3


· Revise the wages of casual labourers including part-time and contingent employees w.e.f. 1.1.2006 as per Supreme Court orders based on the minimum pay implemented as per Sixth CPC recommendations.

Orders will be expedited first for those casual labourers appointed prior to 01.09.93. For others also action will be expedited in a time bound manner. Secretary assured that it will be personally looked in to.


· Stop outsourcing the work of casual labourers and contingent employees. Grant temporary Status to all full time casual labourers.

Clarificatory orders already issued. All the full time Casual labourers recruited prior to 01.09.1993 will be accorded temporary status. For others it is not possible as per DOPT orders


· Convert part-time into full-time by combination of duties.

Directorate earlier letter No. 45-4/92-SPB I dt. 16.09.92 will be reiterated for making the part time casual labourers who are working for five hours or more.


· Grant appointment to part-time casual and contingent employees in vacant GDS posts.

Orders will be reiterated to give preference to part time casual labour in GDS appointments.


Demand No. 4

· Immediate revision of OTA & OSA rates.

OSA – It will be finalized at the earliest. Secretary (P) will personally monitor it.

OTA – The Committee of Secretaries constituted to look in to the OTA issue by the Govt. has decided to continue the scheme of OTA for time being without revising the rate of OTA & Ceiling till Performance related incentive schemes are implemented. As such no decision can be taken at Directorate level.


Demand No. 5

· Implement the assurances made on 12.07.2010 Strike Settlement and also the JCM Departmental Council Meeting held on 23.08.2010


1. Grant of officiating pay with all benefits to the staff officiating in HSG II, HSG I vacancies.

Orders will be issued shortly.


2. Imparting training to non matriculate Group ‘D’ promoted to Postman/Mail Guard or PA/SA cadre after 1.1.2006 and prior to the implementation of Sixth CPC orders.

Orders have been issued vide No. 1-20/2008-PCC – dt. 15.06.2011.


3. Replacement of Night Halt allowance to Mail overseers with TA/DA

IFW not agreed.


4. Increasing the number of chances to appear LGO examination

Orders will be issued shortly.


5. Removal of minimum cycleable distance for grant of Cycle maintenance allowance to Postmen/MSE

Discussed in the Postmen committee meeting on 01.07.2011. Will be finalised before 31.07.2011


6. Clarification regarding eligibility to appear LGO examination

Clarification will be issued.


7. Counting of Special Allowance for Pay fixation in case of PO & RMS Accountants.

This will be reviewed as per Karnataka High Court decision.


8. Discontinuing the practice of obtaining fidelity/security bond from the employees handling cash.

Decision will be taken soon.


9. Non drawal of HRA to the officiating SPMs working in offices having attached Quarters beyond 90 days by suspending quarters.

Orders have been reiterated vide No. 7-1/2010-Bldg. dt. 16.06.2011.


10. Protection of pay of defunct scale of PO & RMS Accountants who opted for general line under Directorate letter No. 2-22/88-PE I dt. 01.12.92

It will be decided in consultation with Internal Finance Wing.


11. Enhancement of S. B. incentive to all Postal Assistants

Orders have been issued vide SB order No. 10/2011 dt. 21.06.2011.


12. Payment of honorarium for drawal of pension arrears

Orders will be issued.


13. Anomaly in fixation of pay in respect of officials promoted on 1.1.96 under BCR Scheme.

Finance Ministry has again been referred.


14. Dropping of confirmation examination.

This will be done. Orders will be issued.


15. Arbitrary and forcible allotment of Staff Quarters in Rajasthan Circle.

It is agreed to reconsider the earlier decision.


16. Upward revision of conveyance Allowance or bring under TA Rules for journeys beyond 16 kms in case of PRI (P)s.

Orders have been issued vide No. 17-01/2011-PAP dt. 23.06.2011.


17. Non supply of statement of Balance to the officials brought under New Pension scheme 2009.

PAOs are being instructed to complete the physical registration of subscribers and to include the procedure of physical registration of subscribers of NPS in the recruitment process so that the work is not kept pending.


18. Non grant of Special Allowance to unqualified Accountants.

This is under consideration. Will be decided soon.


19. Settlement of incentives and clear pending bills for the work related to Mutual funds.

Orders have been issued that 25% of the revenue earned by the Department on security mutual funds products is distributed to the eligible employees as incentive.


20. Enhancement of Financial powers of LSG, HSG II & HSG I Postmasters.

The IFW raised queries. It will be attended and finalized.


21. Separate budgetary allotment of funds for computer advance to Postmaster/Postal Assistant

Discussion could not be made. It will be discussed further.


22. Fixing norms/Time factors to Postal Stores Depot, circle Stamp Depot & creation of establishment.

This will be taken up after the computerisation of PSD/CSD which is being pursued/Completed.


23. Grant of Road Mileage Allowance to the staff entrusted with the work of clearance of cheques.

Orders have been issued vide letter No. 17-01/2011-PAP- dt. 23.06.2011.


24. Stop harassing staff on contributory factors and causing clear cut guidelines not to impose the provision if not directly responsible.

Suitable instructions have been issued. (We will seek further improvement of the order)


25. Recovery of Alleged over payment of Pay & Allowance to Postman on account of fixation from the officials working in Accounts branch

It required further discussion with DDG(P) & DDG (Estt). It will be held shortly.


26. Enhancement of honorarium for RD Premature closures.

This was discussed with MOF on 09.06.2011. MOF agreed to simplify the calculation for RD premature closure.


27. Tenure posting of officials in single & double handed offices – request to withdraw the conditions.

For Himachal Pradesh, this has been relaxed earlier. It was assured to review and cause appropriate orders in consultation with vigilance.


28. Enhancement of honorarium for engaging officials in departmental examinations.

The proposal has been submitted on 01.06.2011 to IFW for consideration. Final decision will be taken soon.


29. Remove the restriction in posting of SPM due to minor penalties/CR entries

This will be considered shortly.


30. Allowing to appear the physically handicapped officials for Departmental exam like IPOs

Orders will be issued.


31. Grant of Fixed Conveyance Allowance to Marketing Executives.

Provision of TA has been reiterated vide letter No. 17-01/2011-PAP.


32. Transfer of all HSG-I Posts to General line.

This is accepted and incorporated in the revised Recruitment Rules for HSG I.


33. Payment of honorarium to supervisors & Staff divisional office for RPLI/PLI work.

Separate discussion will be held with CGM (PLI)


34. Providing administrative powers to grant leave to staff by HSG-I Postmasters

Orders will be issued after having one more discussion with staff side.


35. Counting the training period for benefits of promotion under TBOP/BCR Schemes

DDG (P) addressed all Circles to provide the feedback. On receipt it will be considered.


36. Revision of Cash Allowance to the SPMs handling cash in the absence of Treasurer and grant of Treasury allowance to all PAs irrespective of their grant of MACP promotions.

(i) The issue is under examination in consultation with IFW

(ii) Treasury allowance is under examination to all PAs irrespective of their status on grant of MACP.

(iii) The request to reiterate the cash handling Allowance to Treasurers once again due to non drawal is accepted.


37. Ensure prompt holding of Departmental Council Meetings.

It will be notified. We sought next meeting may be held before the month of August 2011. Secretary (P) agreed.



Demand No. 6


· Immediate finalization of Cadre Restructuring proposals including Postal Accounts as assured by the Secretary Department of Posts and its implementation.

Cadre review proposals including the system Administrators will be finalized before 31.08.2011. Committee will be reconstituted with DDG (P) as chairman. For Postal Accounts problems separate meeting was held and the minutes will be issued separately. First sitting up of the Postal Accounts cadre restructuring committee will be held on 05.07.2011.


Demand No. 7


· Stop decentralization of Postal Accounts, PLI and RPLI and ensure status-quo. Save DPLI office, Kolkata and ensure job security to the staff, DPLI.

A separate meeting with General Manager (PLI) was held on 01.07.2011. All issues related to PLI/RPLI were discussed. Minutes will be issued separately. There is no decision to decentralize the Postal Accounts work.


Demand No. 8

· Expedite the process of filling of all vacant posts in all wings including GDS.

For GDS, a detailed order have been issued vide No. 17-103/2007-GDS dt. 17.02.2011, for MTS, Postman, Mail Guard, action for filling up has been initiated. IPOs are also being recruited through staff selection commission.

Postal Accounts also, recruitment process already initiated.


· Make arrangement to impart training to all newly recruited PAs/SAs.

(i) Induction training to PAs/SAs is imparted in all Six Training Centers in double shifts.

(ii) Six circles are being conducted local induction training.

(iii) Instructions were issued for conducting circle level induction training to PA (SBCO)

(iv) Instructions have been issued for issuing appointment orders to those candidates whose Pre-appointment formalities are completed and for engaging them against suitable posts with regular pay and allowance after imparting in house training at circle level. It will be ensured that this order is implemented in all circles.


· 2/3 posts for the period up to 2008 kept in skeleton may be redeployed to offices where additional post is justified.

No action could be made as it comes under the purview of Screening Committee.


Demand No. 9

· Stop implementation of Postmaster Cadre till finalization of Cadre Restructuring. Ensure 100% filling up of LSG, HSG-II, HSG-I before implementation of Postmasters Cadre, remove the retrograde eligibility conditions for appearing the examination of Grade I and PSS Group B and allow Account line officials also.

(i) Allowing officials opted to PM cadre to appear IPO & Group B exam will be considered positively

(ii) Allowing Accountants officials also be opted for postmasters cadre will be considered positively.

(iii) Other items will be discussed further.


Demand No. 10

· Drop the proposed move of ending the services of existing System Administrators by outsourcing the technology work to the outsider agencies. Create the System Administrators Posts as assured with specified norms and other works and make the cadre as a promotional cadre to PA/SA.

This will be considered in the cadre review committee. Formal Proposal will be made before 31.08.2011. Regarding conveyance allowance, order have been issued.


Demand No. 11

· Stop combination of beats /double duty, stop harassment of staff insisting 100% impracticable condition for delivery under Project Arrow. Settle the demands raised in the Postmen Committee such as distance factor, number of articles, Grant of Cycle allowance without distance condition, cash payment for uniform and kit items, Supply of good quality uniforms, Revision of norms. Stop imposing unmanageable workload on staff in the name of verificiaton of applications and delivery of Adhar cards to public.

A separate meeting was held with Postman representatives & Secretary Generals on 01.07.2011. All the above items were discussed. The committee will finalise all the postmen related issued before 31.07.2011. Formal minutes of the Postmen Committee meeting will be issued separately.


Demand No. 12


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Fixing norms for newly assigned works of Multi Tasking Staff.


The issue requires finalization of modalities as the IWS unit is not in existence.



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Allow to decline postman promotion for MTS under seniority quota without loosing MACP promotions and review the recruitment rules of MTS to Postmen / Mail Guards.


No orders can be issued locally on MACP related issues as DOP&T is the competent authority.


Demand No. 13


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Grant promotions to Drivers / Artisans at par with other C.G. organizations like Railways/Defence. Higher Pay Scales to charge hand & Drivers.


There is no existence of charge hand at present. Drivers have been considered as a common category and National Anomaly Committee has advised the Department to inform the Court accordingly. As such no decision can be taken at department level.


Demand No. 14


· Declare SBCO Staff as Divisional cadre

It will be considered after detailed examination.


* Stop harassment of SBCO officials under contributory factors.

Suitable instructions have been issued. (We will seek further improvement of the order)


· Complete the Ledger Agreement Work and update the SBCO before launching Core Banking.

As regards completion of ledger agreement work before launching core Banking, detailed instructions have been issued to field units to update the postings and agreement work at the earliest.


Demand No. 15


· Fill up all Postal Civil Wing and Electrical Wing posts as per CPWD norms. Creation of one Civil Circle and Electrical and Architectural Division in every Circle. Expedite the Restructuring of Civil Wing Cadres. Restrict the transfer of non-gazetted staff within the concerned Postal Circle only. Retain Head clerk designation instead of Assistant and declare Head clerk as supervisory posts.

A separate meeting for the issues relating civil wing has been held at Directorate on 01.07.2011. Separate minutes will be issued.


Demand No. 16


· Ensure full fledge functioning of newly formed Postal Accounts Offices by providing adequate staff strength and accommodation. Rectify the anomaly caused due to promotion of Group ‘D’ official to the cadre of LDC after 2006. Restore the residency period of three years in respect of JA to SA promotion retrospectively w.e.f. 13.12.2006. Grant MACP to those joined in Sorter cadre treating LDC as entry grade as the Sorter grade has been defunct since 2000.

A separate meeting exclusively for the demands related to postal Accounts was held on 30.06.2011. Separate minutes will be issued


Demand No. 17


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Counting of past services rendered by erstwhile RTPs for promotions and MACP.

Secretary (P) assured to reexamine the issue


Demand No. 18


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Implement Apex Court Judgement in case of RRR Candidates in true sprit and extend to all approved RRR Candidates awaiting for absorption.

Not agreed despite strong advocation by the staff side. Supreme Courts orders cannot be made applicable to those who are not a party in the case. (The issue will be discussed again)


Demand No. 19

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Stop Harassing and victimization of innocent officials under contributory negligence factors. Implement the true spirit of Govt. orders and Volumes and no recovery should be made if the concerned is not directly responsible for the loss sustained to the department.

Orders have been issued by the Directorate. (We will seek further improvement).

Demand No. 20


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Stop discrimination towards PO & RMS Accounts Cadre, Create separate cadre and earmark percentage of posts for norm based promotions in the same cadre.

This will be discussed separately by with DDG (P) shortly

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Count Special Allowance for fixation on promotion.

The High Court Bangalore decision was handed over. It was assured to pursue the case once again on the basis of the court decision.

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Withdraw the recovery imposed for Postman Pay fixation and drawal of bonus to GDS.

Discussed elaborately. However further discussion will be made with DDG (P) & DDG (Establishment) on this issue separately further.

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Restore the date of passing the Accountant examination for according LSG promotions instead date of entry in PA cadre.

Secretary assured to reconsider the issue.

Demand No. 21


· Enhance the LR strength on all cadres to the extent of 20% and fill up all vacant LR posts.

As this is a policy issue of all C. G. Employees nothing was decided. It will be discussed further.


Demand No. 22


· Ensure prompt grant of Child Care Leave as per the liberalized orders, unnecessary hurdles put forth should be dropped.

Instructions have been issued vide Dte. letter dt. 15.06.2011


Demand No. 23


· Review the MACP clarificatory orders and rectify the issues like, non drawal of special allowance on acquiring MACP.

Clarification will be issued applying Special allowance irrespective of MACP I, II & III


· Wrong interpretation of IIIrd MACP to departmental promotes only after 30 years,

Detailed discussion could not be made. Will be discussed further.


· Counting as double promotions as Group D & Postmen even in the case of promotion to Postman on GDS quota.

Orders have already been issued.


· Non counting of training period for MACP

As per para 9 of MACP orders pre appointment training shall not be taken for MACP.


· Ignore all uncommunicated average bench marks for MACP as per Judicial verdict.

All DPS (HQ) will be instructed personally by Secretary (Posts) about the spirit of formation of scrutiny committee to review bench marks and left out cases will be considered.


· Ensure prompt holding of DPCs at Circle and Divisional level as per DOP&T latest instructions.

Will be discussed further.


· Grant of Grade pay 1900, 2000 with effect from 01.01.2006 to those Group D (MTS) who were given TBOP/BCR before 1.01.2006.

Will be discussed further


Demand No. 24


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Stop attack on Union office bearers by misusing Rule 37 transfers and Rule 9 of CCS (CCA) Rules.

Specific incidents are requested. We will detail the cases shortly.


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Dispose all Rule 9 (Pension rules) disciplinary cases and review petition cases pending at Directorate years together.

Secretary agreed about the pendency of petitions of Rule 9 cases. She assured to concede our request to form squad of officers to expedite finalization of pending cases expeditiously.


Demand No. 25

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Denying the legitimate right of employees to avail holidays & Sundays by compelling them to attend frequent meetings/Melas arranged by the department.

Suitable instructions will be issued to all concerned.

Apart from the above, the following items have also been discussed with Secretary (Post).

1. All Speed Hub work shall be brought under the RMS – It was agreed.

2. Severance amount to GDS promoted as Postman/MTS – Positive action will be taken.

3. Relaxing the condition for appearing PA Exam by GDS – This wile be considered at the time of

finalization of PA Recruitment Rules.

4. Recruitment of PA/SAs for the vacancies of 2011 – It will be expedited.

5. Secretary (P) will meet the Staff Side separately for discussing the left out items relating to Civil wing, Postal Accounts and Administrative staff.