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Friday, May 18, 2012

Reply from the Department on the issues raised by the Unions


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 AvenueNew 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 theApex 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,


(Subhash Chander)
Director (SR & Legal)

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Instructions regarding allotment of staff quarters to PMs/ SPMs.

Directorate, vide order No: 18-9/ 2010-Bldg dated 10.05.2012, has issued clarifications regarding allotment of staff quarters to PMs/ SPMs.

As per the order, quarters which are within the premises/ building of the Post Offices only need to be declared as post attached quarters, which the concerned PMs/ SPMs are bound to occupy. In all other cases, where the quarters are not in the premises/ building of the Post Offices, it is left to the discretion of the concerned PMs/ SPMs whether to accept or not to accept such quarters.




New procedure for Direct Recruitment of Postal Assistants/Sorting Assistants


Directorate has issued revised procedure for direct recruitment of Postal Assistants/Sorting Assistants.


Following are the highlights:

Ø   Educational Qualification: 10+2 pass with at least 60% marks, 55%marks for OBC, 45% marks for SC/ST

Ø  Age Limit:  18-27 (5 year relaxation for SC/ST candidates, 3 years for OBC candidates)

Ø  Pattern of Examination:   Total Marks 100
Part A: General Knowledge - 25 marks
Part B: Mathematics            - 25 marks
Part C: English                     - 25 marks
Part D: Reasoning Ability     - 25 marks

Ø  Total duration of Aptitude Test-- 2 hours

Ø   Minimum Marks to obtain A/B/C/D - 10 marks in each part
 Minimum Marks aggregate - 40 % marks for OC, 33% marks for SC/ST, 37 % marks for OBC

Ø  Computer Typing test:  15 minutes for typing and 15 minutes for data entry

Ø  No weightage of marks secured by the candidates in 10+2 class will be given while preparing merit list.

Ø  A common merit list for the whole circle will be prepared . Candidates can indicate their perference for more than one division. Thereafter candidates will be allocated divisions as [er the preference based on their position in the merit list.

 Click here to download the full order


Monday, May 14, 2012

The 24th State Conference of Federation of National Postal Organisations, Kerala Circle was held from 06.05.2012 to 08.05.2012, at Tunchanparmbu – Tirur, in a befitting manner. More than 500 delegates/ visitors have attended the meeting.

The conference commenced its proceedings with the flag hoisting at 10.00 hours on 06.05.2012. The FNPO flag was hoisted by Shri Johnson Avokkaran, Circle Convenor, FNPO and the INTUC flag was hoisted by Shri R Chandrasekhanran, State President, INTUC. The inaugural session commenced at 11.00 hours on 06.05.2012, under the presidentship of Shri Mohammad Kunji, DCC President, Malappuram . The inaugural session was inaugurated by Shri Ramesh Chennithala, KPCC President. Shri C Moideenkutty, Convenor, Reception Committee welcomed all the participants, guests and guests of honour. In the afternoon of 08.05.2012, a huge rally, in which thousands of FNPO activists participated, was a clear evidence of the strength and growth of the National Unions in Kerala.
On 07.05.2012, various subject committee meetings were held. The meetings seriously discussed various problems being faced by the Postal Employees. The conference has also passed various resolutions.
State Minister for Welfare of Backward Communities, Smt P K Jayalakshmi, FNPO Secretary General, Shri D Theagarajan, NUPE Postmen & Gr D General Secretary, Shri T N Rahate, NAPE Gr C Finance Secretary Shri Bhagavan, and NUGDS General Secretary Shri P U Muraleedharan, Circle/ Divisional leaders have attended the conference.

The conference has elected the following new office bearers:

NAPE Gr C:
President: K M Antony, SPM, Kurisummoodu (Changanassery Dn)
Secretary: Johnson D Avokkaran, OA, PSD, Trissur (Trissur Dn)

NUPE Postmen & Gr D:
President: C Trivikraman Nair, Postman, Tiruvanthapuram GPO
Secretary: C Moideenkutty, Cash Overseer, PonnaniHO (Tirur Dn)

NUGDS:
President: Vijayan Chelannoor, GDSMD (Kozhikode Dn)
Secretary: P U Muraleedharan, GDS MP, Down Hill (Manjeri Dn)

The reception committee headed by Shri Moideenkutty, has made all arrangements excellently for the conference. 







 



















FNPO and NFPE decides to conduct one day fast in front of Dak Bhavan and all CPMG Offices on 21.05.2012.

FNPO and NFPE has decided to conduct a one day fast in front of the Dak Bhavan and all CPMG Offices on 21.05.2012, demanding immediate orders on the pending agreed items in the charter of demands.

The Circle union appeals all the members to make the programme a grand success.


NATIONAL FEDERATION OF POSTAL EMPLOYEES
FEDERATION OF NATIONAL POSTAL ORGANIZATIONS
NEW DELHI

RefJCA/AGTN/2012                                                                  Dated 02.05.2012

To,
Mrs. Manjula Prashar
Secretary
Department of Posts
Dak Bhawan, New Delhi – 110001

Madam,

Sub: -  Undue delay in settlement of agreed items of the strike charter of Demands.

Ref: -   Our letter even no. dated 22.03.2012

Kindly refer to our letter dated 22.03.2012 on the above subject (copy enclosed for ready reference) where in we have brought to your notice the undue delay taking place in settling the already agreed items of the charter of Demands. It is regretted to inform you that evenafter a lapse of one month no remarkable improvement has taken place and more or less the position remains almost the same.

In view of the above, notice is hereby given that the secretary Generals of NFPE & FNPO and also all other General Secretaries shall be sitting on one day hunger fast in front of the Dak Bhawan and also in front of all Chief PMG offices on 21st May 2012, Monday from 10.00 AM to 05.00 PM demanding settlement of the agreed items without any further delay. We hope that the administration shall come forward to settle the issues amicably as we do no intent to precipitate the issues further to a stage of confrontation and direct action.

Awaiting favorable response,

Yours faithfully,


Secretary Generals
FNPO/ NFPE

General Secretaries of 
FNPO and NFPE affiliated unions.



NATIONAL FEDERATION OF POSTAL EMPLOYEES
FEDERATION OF NATIONAL POSTAL ORGANIZATIONS
NEW DELHI

Ref: JCA/AGTN/2012                                                             Dated – 22.03.2012

To,

Mrs. Manjula Prashar
Secretary,
Department of Posts
Dak Bhawan, New Delhi – 110001

Madam,

Sub: - Undue delay in settlement of agreed items on the Charter of Demands.

A kind attention is invited to the discussions we had during strike Charter of demands and also further assurances to us that unlike in the past whatever assured during discussions will be implemented without any delay.

But to our dismay, many of the assured items are still not disposed of favourably and even the clarifications assured to be issued are still pending. Further it is learnt that the Internal Finance is rejecting the assurances given by Minister for state for communication and also the Secretary, Department of Posts. which causes a serious concern.  The following are the few items in which categorical assurance had been ensured in the minutes of the meeting and also during discussions.

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.
2.      Orders communicating the decisions about no closure/merger of Post offices if no simultaneous relocation is possible.
3.      Revision of wages to casual labourers & absorption.
4.      Revised recruitment Rules for Group D & Postman as agreed and syllabus for Group ‘D’ examination (25% from GDS) & Postmen/Mailguard.
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.
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.
7.      Reiteration of earlier instructions on the Grant of Special pay to unqualified Accountants & Counting of Special Allowance for pay fixation without filling SLP against Bangalore High Court judgment.
8.      Circulation of clarification given to Punjab circle to the remaining circles also in respect of protection of pay of defunct PO & RMS Accountants.
9.      Orders on forcible allotment of staff quarters to the town SOs SPMs as post attached quarters.
10.  Non supply of balance statement of NPS to the official as on 31.03.2011.
11.  Enhancement of financial powers to LSG, HSG II & HSG I.
12.  Enhancing the honorarium for invigilators engaged in departmental examinations.
13.  Allowing the physically handicapped candidates for appearing IPO examinations.
14.  Orders on drawal of Cash handling allowance to Treasurers, Accountants irrespective of their position in MACP.
15.  Finalisation of cadre review proposals before 31.3.2012.
16.  Payment of incentive instead of honorarium for attending the PLI/RPLI work at divisional offices after decentralization.
17.  Orders for repatriation of officials deputed for PLI/RPLI work to CO/RO to their home divisions.
18.  Allowing the Postmaster’s cadre officials to appear for IPO/PSS Group B examination.
19.  Orders permitting the Postmaster Cadre officials to officiate in HSG I vacancies.
20.  DO letter from Member (P) to all circle heads to fill up all posts of Sorting Postmen, Mail overseer, cash overseer & Head Postmen.
21.  Allowing MTS to decline promotion to postmen cadre under seniority quota without loosing MACP promotion.
22.  Reiteration of instructions for rotational transfer for SBCO staff by notifying cluster of divisions.
23.  Issue instructions to all for ensuring filling up of all sanctioned LR posts.
24.  Prompt grant of child care leave – Issue of instructions.
25.  Clarifications to be issued on MACP as agreed upon on the following:
(i)     MACP will not be deferred on the ground at contemplated disciplinary/vigilance proceedings.
(ii)   Instructions on review of ACRs/APARs by scruitiny committees.
(iii) Recovery orders by DAP 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)
26.  Issuing clear instructions to all Chief PMGs that in the city areas where RO/Cos are situated decentralisation of RPLI/PLI should not be done to city Postal Divisions, instead the work will be done by RO/CO staff as done before.
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.
28.  Cadre-restructuring and settlement of Group D and sorter anomaly issues relating to Postal Accounts.
29.  Follow up action on civil wing employees issues.
30.  Examination of CRC & EPP norms.

Apart from the above, the minutes of the standing committee (JCM) and also the reply to the items already discussed in the strike charter but included on JCM items are yet to be issued.

It is constrained to inform that in the event of non settlement of the above items within one month we have decided to observe one day token fast in front of Directorate by all the General Secretaries.

We trust that your will effectively intervene and maintain tranquility in service.

With profound regards,

Secretary Generals
FNPO/ NFPE

General Secretaries of 
FNPO and NFPE affiliated unions.