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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Special Casual Leave for union activities – Various instructions/ Orders and clarifications.

1. Special casual leave upto a maximum of 20 days in a year can be granted for the following puposes.

(a) When the delegates to All India Conferences and members of the executive committees are required to attend such conferences and meetings.

(b) When members from outstation are required to attend periodical meetings with the Head of Circles.

(c) When members from outstation wait on deputation on the Minister/ MOS and Secretary (P).

2. Special Casual Leave may be allowed to members of service associations coming from outstations to attend their monthly meeting with Departmental Officers at divisional level on the following conditions: -

(a) Not more than two members are allowed this concession during year

(b) Special Casual Leave is allowed for a day/ days of the meeting and the actual time taken in the journey.

(c) Maximum limit of Special Casual Leave allowed does not exceed 12 days in a year.

(d) The concession under this item will not bring an additional benefit to the staff who under para 1 above are allowed extent of 20 days in a year. If any official is required to meet the divisional head, the Special Casual Leave granted to him for the purpose will be counted against those 20 days Special Casual Leave in a year.

(e) The local members may be given suitable offs for the duration of the meetings.

3. Public holidays and weekly offs to the extent admissible to the category of the officials to which the office bearer of the service association belong falling within the period of Special Casual Leave granted to them or immediately preceeding or following should not be counted as part of Special Casual Leave.

4. Special CL is not allowed to be combined with regular leave/ EL or half pay leave etc. An understanding reached in the Departmental Council of JCM stipulates that as far as possible the Divisional Executive committee meetings of the service associations will be held on holidays or outside office hours. As regard number of members attending the committee meetings the same will be in accordance with the constitution. Where there is no reason to believe that more members are are asking for special CL than justified, the constitution and the records of the service association may be checked up to find out whether facilities have been asked for more members than admissible under the rules.

(No. 54-19/ 59–SPB dated 31.08.1959; No. 54-13/ 71–SPB–II dated 13.01.1974)

5. The office bearers of the recognised service association may be granted special CL for attending trade union seminars subject to the condition that maximum limit of Special CL does not exceed 20 days in a year.

6. Notices issued by the General Secretaries of the Service Associations for All India Conferences/ working committees or executive committee meeting of the service association are not being circulated by the Department. Instead, the Circle Secretaries concerned should furnish an attestted copy of the notice to the Head of the Circles and other administrative offices requesting them to issue necessary instructions to the concerned authorities for granting special CL to the eligble officials, subject to the overall limits. The competent authority will then sanction special CL to the eligible officials provisionally on receipt of applications from them. On completion of the conferences/ meetings, the officials concerned will be required to produce a certificate from the General Secretary to the effect that they had actually attended the conference/ meeting for its full duration. Therafter special CL granted provisionally will be regularised.

7. The other facilities such as deputation of official observer to the conferences, permission to conduct conferences within the departmental premises outside working hours, grant of special CL to the delegates to the Circle Conferences, should continue to be extended at the time of elections of the service associations from which facilities had been withdrawn for not conducting the prescribed elections in time. These facilities would not however, be available to the office bearers of the concerned branch which failed to hold the elections in time.(No. 16-38/ 82 – SR (Pt.) dated 28.08.87)

FNPO state women convention

The FNPO, state level women's convention will be held on 18.12.2011 (Sunday) at Jawahar Balabhavan Auditorium, Trissur. The convention will be inagurated by Shri. C N Balakrishnan, Minister for Cooperation, Kerala. CHQ/ Circle leaders will be attending the function.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Highlights of draft Post Office Bill 2011

1. Opening of market by reducing the exclusive privilege of Central Government:

Gradual opening of the market by phase wise removal of the monopoly proposed. Exclusive privilege reduced upto 150 gm. In case of letters and upto 50 gm. in case of express mail. Couriers can carry letters even within 150 gm and 50 gm ( the reserve area) subject to them charging twice the postal rates for letters and twice the rates for express service.

2. Sunset clause:

A 15 years SUNSET clause for complete removal of exclusive privilege in express service and Parliamentary Review of exclusive privilege in case of letters is proposed.

3. Universal Service Obligation of the Central Government:

As proposed, USO is defined as the obligation of the Central Government to provide, through the Department of Posts, basic postal services at reasonable access, affordable price and with specified service parameters throughout the country. Commitment to provide postal service, delivery and access to post office 6 days of the week except holidays.

4. Definitions:

Definitions of certain ‘terms’ are proposed keeping in view the definition adopted by different countries, as also the requirement of customers i.e.

a) “postal services” means services provided by the Central Government or on its behalf and includes services related to

(i) handling of addressed letters,

(ii) handling of addressed parcels and packages,

(iii) handling of addressed press products,

(iv) handling of these articles as registered or insured mail,

(v) express services for these articles,

(vi) handling of unaddressed articles,

(vii) Value Payable Post,

(viii) money remittance

(ix) Post Office Counter Services

(x) services on behalf of any Ministry or Department of the Central or State

Governments, or services on behalf of any other organization

(xi) other services not specified elsewhere;

b) “courier services” means services related to the handling of articles of mail i.e. collection, sorting, dispatch, conveyance and delivery including

(i) handling of addressed letters subject to provisions in Section 4,

(ii) handling of addressed parcels and packages,

(iii) handling of addressed press products,

(iv) express services for these articles subject to provision in Section 4

(v) handling of unaddressed articles,

c) “express services” means postal / courier services related to handling of articles of mail and expedited delivery within a clearly specified and declared time limit with confirmation of receipt and with or without end‐to‐end integration to ensure track and trace and a record of delivery ;

d) “Registered Courier” means any person registered as such under Section ‐‐‐ and includes his employee or agent or assignee;

e) “Licensee” means a Registered Courier who has been given license under Section ‐‐;

5. Registration and Licensing:

The Central Government may grant registration to any person undertaking the provision of any courier service in India, who shall be called a Registered Courier. The Central Government may also grant license to any Registered Courier, who shall be called a licensee, for providing certain specific services. There is no registration fee or license fee. Licensing conditions involve adherence to quality, guarantee relief to customers in case of any deficiency in service and commitment to ensure confidentiality and security of letter. All operators will require registration for providing any type of courier service in India. But license will be required only for reserve area, USO and letter mail.

6. Registering Authority:

It is proposed that Central Government shall appoint Registering Authority, in such manner and to perform such functions, as may be prescribed.

7. Appellate Authority:

An Appellate Authority is proposed for redressal of grievances of any person aggrieved by an order of Registration Authority.

8. Setting up Extra Territorial Offices of Exchange (ETOE) and International mail Processing Centers (IMPC) abroad:

Central Govt. may establish ETOEs/IMPCs in other countries for providing international Mail Services including express and parcel services subject to arrangements with such Postal Administrations regarding terms and conditions.


Monday, October 31, 2011

Remembering Indira Gandhi today.... On the 27th Anniversary of her Martyrdom

“Even if I died in the service of the nation, I would be proud of it. Every drop of my blood….. will contribute to the growth of this nation and to make it strong and dynamic……………”

Sunday, October 30, 2011

3rd stage of protest against PMG, Central Region

The Circle Co-ordination committee of Postal JCA, comprising of FNPO, NFPE, All India Association of IPs and ASPOs and All India Postal Officers Association, met on 25.09.2011 at Tiruvananthapuram and has decided to conduct a one day hunger strike on 18.11.2011, in front of PMG Office, Kochi, against the anti-labour attitude of the PMG.