Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Flash News

Finance Ministry has approved creation of 53 posts to CEPT Mysore which inculudes 8 Group B officers. Department proposed to utilise their service for Implementation and Monitoring of India Post 2012 Project.
Further details in this regard is awaited.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

New members appointed in Postal services Board

The following senior IPoS officers are promoted to the Grade of Member, Postal services Board vide Directorate order no 1-56/2003-SPG dated 25-07-2011 and their postings are as follows:
Sl. No.
Name of the officer
Present posting
Posting on promotion
Ms.Suneeta Trivedi 
( 1978 batch)
CGM (BD & M), BD Dte
Ms.Yesodhara Menon ( 1978 batch)
CPMG, Karnataka Circle
Member (Personnel),
Maj Gen A R A Sah
( 1978 batch)
Addl DG, APS Dte
Member (PLI), PSB & Chairman, Investment Board
Transfers and postings in the grade of Higher Administrative Grade (HAG) and Senior
Administrative Grade(SAG) of Indian Postal Services,Group'A'
vide Directorate Order No.1-1/2009-SPG dated 25.07.2011.
Sl. No.
Name of the officer
Present posting
Posting on transfer
Sri Y P S Mohan, IPoS 1979
On leave
CGM (BD &Mktg), BD Directorate
Ms Hilda Abraham, IPoS 1979
CPMG, Orissa Circle
CPMG, Karnataka Circle
Ms Devika Kumar, IPoS 1981
DDG(Philately), Dte
CPMG, Orissa Circle (on downgraded post of SAG)

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Allotment of Surplus Qualified IP candidates dropped

NO A-34020/01/2007-DE
Government of India
Ministry of Comnunications & IT
Department of Posts 
Date 21-07-2011

                                                OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Inspector of Posts Examination - allotment of Surplus Qualified Candidates

The Competent Authority has decided that the Surplus Qualified Inspectors scheme which was introduced vide this office letter of even number dated 13.04.2007 and dated 20.04.2007 is hereby dropped.

2.    The above order is effective from the Inspector of Posts Examination 2011 which will be held on 3rd and 4th September 2011.

(L.Mohan Rao)
Assistant Director General (DE)

Monday, July 18, 2011


All India Association of Inspector Posts and Assistant Superintendent Posts,
Karnataka Circle
Dinesh Khare                             Naveen Chander                         Joseph Rodrigues
President                                Circle Secretary                       Treasurer
94498 48120                           94498 48923                                94498 48935

No. CWC/3/2011/dated at Mangalore the 08-07-2011


Under the provision of Article -30 of All India Association of Inspector Posts and Assistant Superintendent Posts, it is hereby notified that Circle Working Committee meeting will be held at Annex to Meghadoot Auditorium GPO Bangalore at 0930 hrs on 23.07.2011(Saturday).


1.    Confirmation of the proceedings of the last CWC held at Davangere on 04.12.2010
2.    Revision of IP grade Pay.
3.    Proposed transfer of HSG I- IPO cadre posts to general line
4.    Impact on Gr B cadre on introduction of Postmaster cadre.
5.    Revised pattern of examination for IP, Gr B and Sr Postmaster
6.    Delay in holding the Gr B DPC
7.    Organizational matters, financial review / membership review
8.    All India Conference -2012 in Karnataka circle
9.    Any other issues by the permission of Chair

                                                                             Circle Secretary
                                                                   All India Association of IPs & ASPs
Karnataka Circle
Copy to
  1. The CPMG Karnataka Circle Bangalore for kind information with a request to issue instructions to all Regions/ Divisions to relieve the CWC members to attend the meeting in time
  2. The PMG NK region Dharwad for necessary action please.
  3. The PMG SK region for information and necessary action please.
  4. ALL CWC Members
  5. Office copy                                         

Saturday, July 9, 2011

India post forays into core banking

Financial inclusion has become the latest buzz word in the Indian Economy. While major banks of the country are striving to achieve this dream, India Post have been playing a silent yet significant role.
As another initiative towards financial inclusion India Post has announced that it would be rolling out 150 branches of their core banking in the next two months.

India Post, which has one of the largest networks, in terms of communication and which also boasts of over 20 crore individual savings bank accounts, had evinced interests in becoming a full fledged banking option, especially in Rural India.

The Post Master General (Karnataka Circle) Vasumitra told The New Indian Express that 4,000 branches across the nation would soon have the core banking facility.

"The operations would be carried out in a phase by phase manner and in the first phase nearly 1,000 Departmental Post offices would have core banking", he said and added that Karnataka would get 150 such branches in the first phase.

He said that all the preparatory requirements such as data entry of accounts, updates, data mining and cleaning along with ministerial clearance were all completed.

He said that their reach to every small village across the nation would help in networking between these branches.

"Core Banking Solutions (CBS)ad ATM facilities would soon follow", he said.

Speaking about the modernisation of India Post, he said that over 10,000 Post offices were already computerised and that most of them would follow suit.

Vasumitra also said that due to their presence in rural parts of the country many banks across the nation wanted to partner with India Post.

The post master general informed that India Post has now tied up with National Institute of Smart Governance (NISG) for better egovernance initiatives and also to remain at par with competitors.

India Post to lose its monopoly; govt. forces courier cos to charge double rates

A planned overhaul of a 113-year-old postal law proposes to end government monopoly completely in the next decade and a half, but, ironically, sets the clock back for courier companies, which are governed by a different policy at present. The draft Post Office Bill 2011 aims to open the letter mail segment to the private sector in 15 years by withdrawing all exclusive rights to India Post and removing all pricing curbs on private courier companies. The Department of Posts has sent the draft bill for cabinet approval to replace the archaic Indian Post Office Act 1898. The amendment will also provide greater legitimacy to the courier industry.

"Considering the role of couriers in the present economy, opening up the letter mail sector to them will not only accord legitimacy to the private operators but also would be recognition of market reality ," said an official in the department privy to the cabinet note. Courier companies are not celebrating , though. They say the transition regime proposed is too harsh and could end up killing the over Rs 7,000-crore domestic industry that engages nearly one million workers and pays Rs 1,200 crore in service tax.

In the run-up to the complete deregulation , the draft bill has proposed to open the express mail segment (EMS) with a "reserve area" of 50 gm for all articles at a price multiple of twice the government EMS rate. That is, a courier firm will have to charge at least Rs 50 for a package weighing up to 50 g, which is twice the Rs 25 charged by India Post for its Speed Post service for a similar package. At present, couriers are allowed in the EMS segment without any restriction or price, making the market fiercely competitive. The reserve area regulation will give India Post time to prepare for a more competitive regime.

"The proposal to have a reserve area for EMS is unfair and will lead to anti-competitive behavior by the postal department," said Vijay Kumar, chief operating officer, Express Industry Council of India . It could lead to the extinction of the courier industry, he said. Introduced in 1986, Speed Post is the only EMS service provided by India Post. The department has strongly defended the proposal to impose a reserve area by citing international examples. Globally, postal deregulation has been in phases and exclusive rights for state-run postal business still exist in many countries. In India, the courier industry has run ahead of the postal laws because it was allowed under the foreign direct investment regime, which allows 100% overseas investment in the business. International courier companies, such as DHL , TNT, FedEx and UPS , secured FIPB approval under the 100% FDI route.

The bill will now recognize them under the postal law, but the proposed transition turns the clock back somewhat by imposing restrictions that did not exist earlier. "Over 60% of the business for small- and medium-sized courier business in India is dependent on document delivery, which is typically within the 50 gm weight segment ," said RK Saboo, deputy managing director, First Fight Couriers. The proposal was retrogade and would force small courier firms to close down, he said.

The private industry is also not enthused by the entry in the normal mail business, or letter mail segment , where the draft bill has fixed a reserve area of Rs 150 gm for all registered couriers at a price multiple of Rs 2 times the postage of letter mail. The industry says India Post service is highly subsidized , which industry says will make it difficult for it to compete. The bill, which is likely to be introduced in the forthcoming monsoon session of Parliament, has also proposed to simplify registration and licensing of couriers without charging any fees. Most large domestic courier companies in the country like DTDC, First Flight and Skypak are all registered with the Registrar of Companies

Friday, July 8, 2011

Reply under RTI Act-2005

Extracts of reply given by the Postal Directorate vide No. 11-7/2010-PE-I dated 12.03.2010 are as under:-

Information required:- What is the definition of an Administrative Office & an Operative Office as per Rules in your Department ?
Reply:- The organisational structure of Department of Posts is given in Chapter-I of Vol-II which is available in India Post website which is in public domain.
Information required:- The post of Postmasters of Head Post Offices is Administrative or Operative in all over the India ?
Reply :- Postmasters of Head Post Offices have both Administrative as well as Operative duties. 
Information required :- Whether post of SSP/SP is Administrative or Operative ?
Reply :- He is an Administrative Authority. 
Information required :- Whether posts of ASP (HQ) working in Divisional Office is Administrative or Operative ?
Reply :- These posts are of Administrative nature. 
Information required :- Whether post of SDI/ASP working in Sub Division is Administrative or Operative?  Reply :- The posts of SDI/ASP working in Sub-Division are Administrative in nature. 
Information required :- Whether a Chief Postmaster General can order to open an Administrative Office (5 days a week) on Saturday or not in your Department ?
Reply :- Matters relating to working hours & no. of days etc. is decided by DOP&T which is binding on all the Central Govt. Departments.     

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Charter of Demands in respect of Inspector, Posts cadre.

No. CHQ/IP-ASP/CoD /2011 Dated: 04.07.2011
Ms. Radhika Doraiswamy
Secretary (Posts)
Dak Bhawan, N.Delhi 110001

Sub: Charter of Demands in respect of Inspector, Posts cadre.
Respected Madam,
You are well aware that there is single recognized Association in the Department of Posts representing Inspectors and Assistant Superintendents, Posts. During the last Central Working Committee meeting of our Association, the CWC registered its concern towards the inordinate delay in processing the demand for higher grade pay to IP on par with Inspector cadre in other Central Government Departments/Ministries. All our members are very much aggrieved and frustrated due to the inaction and indifferent attitude of the Department towards Inspector, Posts cadre.

You may also well aware that the recommendations of the second CRC are still pending for implementation despite issue of Presidential sanction in the year 1990 but the same has not been implemented so far. Department has recently constituted a committee under the Chairmanship of DDG (P) for cadre review proposals relating to Group “C”, Postman/Mail Guard and MTS staff but the Department has failed to initiate action for forming cadre review committee in respect of Inspector, Posts cadre ignoring the instructions of the Nodal Department issued vide No.35034/9/2010-Estt.(D) dated 10.02.2011.

In addition to above two issues, other issues mentioned in the Charter of Demands are also equally important and deserve liquidation by the Department. All these issues have already been taken by us with the Department from time to time but no positive action is forthcoming. All these issues are agitating the minds of our members and they are feeling frustrated as the Department is not recognizing the services rendered by our cadre and the Department has even failed to finalize some of our demands in which no financial implications are involved.

Therefore, our Association has decided to submit the enclosed charter of demands to the Department. Our Association appeals the Secretary, Department of Posts to hold meeting with the Association to discuss and resolve these issues in positive manner.

We hope that the Department will come forward for discussion on the issues mentioned in the Charter of Demands at the earliest.

Awaiting favourable response.

Yours sincerely,
(Roop Chand)
General Secretary

Charter of Demands of All India Association of Inspectors & Asstt. Supdts. Posts
i. Up-gradation of Grade Pay of Inspector, Posts from Rs. 4200/- to Rs. 4600/- with effect from 01.01.2006 and merger of post of Assistant Superintendent, Posts with the post of PS Group “B” as both are having Gazetted status and difference in Grade Pay is only Rs. 200/-

ii. Implementation of the recommendations of Second CRC and restructuring of Inspector, Posts cadre as an Inspector is getting promotion in P.S. Group “B” only after 24 to 26 years of service in Inspector, Posts cadre.

iii. There are 866 posts in PS Group “B” cadre. At present 75% posts i.e., 649 are filled through DPC on the basis of seniority cum fitness. 19% posts i.e., 165 are filled through LDCE among IP line officials and 6% i.e., 52 are filled through LDCE among General Line officials. Consequent upon the introduction of Postmaster cadre, there should be no change in 75% posts i.e., 649 posts through seniority quota. 87 posts of Senior Postmaster to be filled up through LDCE of IP line officials should be adjusted in 165 posts of existing examination quota of PS Group “B”.

iv. Consequent upon the introduction of Postmaster cadre, suitable amendment may be made in Recruitment Rules of PS Group “B” cadre revising quota of IP Line through seniority from 75% to 87%, IP Line through LDCE from 19% to 10% and General Line from 6% to 3%.

v. Supply of Laptops to all IPs/ASPs.

vi. 141 HSG I IP line posts may be re-designated as Assistant Superintendent Posts as it is a promotional for Inspector, Posts.

vii. Revision of rates of remuneration for performing duty as Invigilators in the examinations.

viii. Promotion earned through examination should not be counted while granting MACP.

ix. Holding of periodical meetings with the Association at regular intervals. No periodical meeting has been held since long time despite submission of agenda for the same.
(Roop Chand)
General Secretary

Quota of IP Line in PS Gr “B” Examination on introduction of Postmaster cadre in Postal Wing.

No. CHQ/PS Gr. “B” /2011 Dated: 04.07.2011
Ms. Radhika Doraiswamy
Secretary (Posts)
Dak Bhawan, N.Delhi 110001

Sub: Quota of IP Line in PS Gr “B” Examination on introduction of Postmaster cadre in Postal Wing.

Ref: Postal Directorate no. 4-17/2008-SPB –II dt. 22.11.2010

Respected Madam,

Your kind attention is invited to our letter of even no. dt. 11.04.2011 (copy enclosed) on the subject mentioned above.
Out of 866 posts of PS Gr “B”, 116 posts of Senior Postmaster have been earmarked for Postmaster Cadre in the manner given below:

IP Line 75% 87 posts through LDCE
General Line 25% 29 posts through DPC

Thus, 750 posts still remain in PS Group “B”. These posts may be divided among IP Line and General Line as suggested below by suitable amendment in Recruitment Rules of PS Group “B”.

A. Position before introduction of Postmaster Cadre:
Total no. of PS Group “B” posts 866
Number of Posts earmarked for promotion through DPC (only for IP Line) 649
Number of Posts earmarked for promotion through examination
(i) For IP line ( 19% of 866 posts) = 165 217
(ii) For General Line (6% of 866 posts) = 52

B. Position after introduction of Postmaster Cadre:
Total no. of PS Group “B” posts 750
Number of Posts earmarked for promotion through DPC (only for IP Line) 87% 652
Number of Posts earmarked for promotion through examination
(i) For IP line ( 10% of 750 posts) = 75 98
(ii) For General Line (3% of 750 posts) = 23

C. No. of Group “B” posts available for General Line officials:
Number of Group “B” Posts available for General Line officials prior to introduction of Postmaster Cadre (6% of 866) 52
(i) No. of posts in PS Group “B” through examination (3% of 750) 23
(ii) No. of posts in Senior Postmaster Grade through DPC (25% of 116) 29
(iii) Total posts available for General Line 52

Thus, General Line officials are not loosing any Group “B” posts due to introduction of Postmaster Cadre.

D. No. of Group “B” posts available for IP Line officials:
Number of Group “B” Posts available for IP Line officials prior to introduction of Postmaster Cadre (94% of 866) 814
(i) No. of posts in PS Group “B” through examination (19% of 866) 165
(ii) No. of posts in Senior Postmaster Grade through LDCE (75% of 116) 87
(iii) No. of posts in PS Group “B” through LDCE - proposed (10% of 750) 75
(iv) Total posts available for IP Line through examination 162
(v)No. of posts in PS Group “B” through DPC – proposed (87% of 750) 652
(vi) Total posts available for IP Line in PS Group “B” + Sr. Postmaster (iv + v) 814

Thus, IP Line officials will loose only three posts in examination quota but will get these posts by promotion through DPC. Overall, there is no change in quota of IP Line as well as General Line.

In view of above facts, it is requested to kindly consider and implement the proposal by taking appropriate action to amend the PS Group “B” Recruitment Rules as requested earlier on 11.04.2011.

We hope that an early action will be taken in the interest of both IP Line and General Line officials.

Yours sincerely
(Roop Chand)
General Secretary

Minister holds round table consultations on partnering INDIA POST: 2012 and Beyond:

Shri. Kapil Sibal, the Union Minister of Communications and Information Technology held a Round Table Conference here today with the stakeholders to deliberate upon "Partnering India Post: 2012 and Beyond". Opening the deliberations Shri Sibal said that this conference has been organized to enable this national asset to play a bigger and effective role in the socio and economic development of the nation. The deliberations will help understand the areas, methods and challenges for developing a symbiotic and long term relationship between India post and key stakeholders. This will also help department of posts to develop the future business model and its integration with the technological architecture of India post 2012 project - an ambitious programme of computerizing and digitally connecting the entire postal network which is likely to further strengthen our potentials and the capabilities.

Key Stakeholders from Banking/ Insurance/ Telecom/ FMCG/ IT/ e-Commerce/ Logistics/ Publications/ Financial Institutions/ Government Ministries & Departments/ Industry Associations/ Academic sector participated in the Round Table conference and engaged into discussions to give shape to the India Post 2012 Project and explore strategic tie-ups with India Post as follows:-

- Public sector banks for retailing of loan products, mutual funds and other new age financial products including micro-insurance, micro-lending, livelihood linkages, pensions, and remittances etc.
- E-commerce portals.
- Logistics for semi-urban and rural areas for consumer or FMCG goods.
- Logistics for print media companies or distance education universities / institutions.
- Central Government Ministries and State Governments for data collection services, delivery of social security schemes like MGNREGS, NRHM etc through Post Office system.

India Post 2012 Project aims at transforming Department of Posts into a "Technology Enabled, Self Reliant Market Leader." This translates into 5 initiatives covering increased market share and revenues, new products and services, improved services delivery, motivated workforce and rural development.
India Post with its vast network of 1.5 lakh Post-Offices and the huge bouquet of services including mails, logistics, finance, deposits, insurance, savings and retailing, have the potential to play an extremely vital role in accelerating economic growth.
The participants from across the industry sectors put forth a number of ideas for symbiotic strategic tie-ups, beneficial for both India Post and business partners which were duly appreciated by Shri Kapil Sibal, Hon'ble Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India making the Round Table conference a success. Shri Sachin Pilot, Hon'ble Minister of State for Communications & IT, Government of India summarized the deliberations of the round table conference at the end of the conference.
Concluding the deliberations the Minister of State for Communications and IT, Shri Sachin Pilot said that today's consultations show that Department of Posts belongs to all. This should be a beginning for new endeavours, financial inclusion and opportunities for rural masses.
About seventy representatives of various Departments, PSUs, Banks and corporate world participated. Secretary, Department of Posts and senior officers of the Department were also present.
Source: PIB Release, July 4, 2011

UIDAI ties up with Dept. of Post to expedite enrollment process

In a bid to achieve the Aadhaar's enrollment target of 60 crore citizens by 2014, UIDAI is joining hands with Department of Posts (DoP) to launch its ambitious enrollment project with the help of over 5,000 post offices across the country.

"The enrollment project will be launched on July 19. We have an opportunity to use post offices for inclusive growth through this partnership. If we understand the road ahead, the post offices will be the centre for empowering people," a top telecom ministry official said.

The new partnership will add to the existing infrastructure of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), which has over one million enrollment centres in nine states.

Post offices to offer core banking solution by next year

In a major exercise to boost its profitability, the Department of Posts (DoP) plans to introduce core banking solution besides setting up India Post ATMs and debit cards for its customers.
"We have set target of bringing in core banking solution by 2012. It will ensure smooth online transactions. We are giving some e-payment services, but they are fragmented," a top offical from Department of Post said.
He added that the work for setting up 1,000 India Post ATMs was in advanced stage and DoP had already held parleys with vendors on this front. "We will also issue debit cards to our existing savings account-holders," the source added.
The DoP is tying up with banks so that customers can use their India Post debit card at any ATM machine pan-India. With a network reach of over 1.44 lakh post offices, DoP hopes to transform itself into a post bank.
 "Yes, this is very much possible. We are offering three-fourth of a bank's services and have the widest reach. The infrastructure is almost ready. In fact, we have given this proposal to the Ministry of Finance and are waiting for its comments," he added.
The lack of modern banking facilities in rural areas and dependence of villagers on informal sector for their credit requirements prompted government to establish a post bank. "The aim of establishing a post bank is to provide banking services to the rural poor who still do not have modern banking facilities and still have to depend on informal sector for their credit requirements," he said.
The Planning Commission had allocated Rs 5 crore during the 11th Plan period towards this purpose under the head of 'studies and miscellaneous expenditure relating to setting up of Post Bank of India'. The DoP with its huge network already provides various financial services, including a post office savings bank, postal life insurance, pension payments and money transfer services.

NREGS helps India Post make money

India Post is sailing through a revival, all thanks to . The flood of post office accounts opened by those employed through the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme to receive their payments has led to a virtual revival of the department. Close to five crore workers have opened accounts with the post offices.

India Post revenues had declines sharply following the last decade’s boom in telecom and internet communication, but since 2008-09, things have changed for the better.
Budget figures show that the net revenue of the department of posts rose 42% from Rs 3,824 crore during 2008-09 to R5,463 crore during 2009-10. In 2010-11, the rise was 18%. The department’s net receipts were languishing at R1,373 crore in 2006-07.
Due to the rush for payment of NREGS wages, the department has been hiring temporary staff to help the existing workforce manage the large number of accounts.
Although a senior postal department official said that they do not earn ‘enough’ out of these ‘no-frills’ savings accounts, the finance ministry is reimbursing the postal department R130 per account annually for incurring costs in maintaining the accounts. This implies a net income of R650 crore annually to the postal department.
Close to one lakh post offices mostly in rural areas are handling 4.94 crore NREGS accounts for timely wage disbursements. The performance of post offices in managing so many accounts has been 'satisfactory, said the department official.
“We are slowly building the savings habit in a large section of rural poor families by including them in the formal banking system,” the top postal official told FE.
Since the launch of the mega job guarantee scheme in February 2006, the UPA government has been flooded with several complaints about non-payment or partial payment for NREGS workers, and there have even been several reports of ‘ghost’ workers siphoning off the wages of genuine workers.
The MGNREGA, 2005 was amended in February, 2009 to enable payment of wages through banks and post office saving accounts of the workers. A rural development ministry official said that more than 84% of the total wage payment under the employment guarantee scheme had been made every year through banks and post offices. Last fiscal, close to R25,000 crore of NREGS wages were paid through these saving accounts.
Source :

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Postal Strike Deferred

Consequent on the settlement reached between Secretary, Department of Posts and the Staff Side the Central JCA unanimously decided to defer the indefinite strike from 5th July 2011.
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.
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 other
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 par
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
_ Discussed in the Postmen committee meeting on 01.07.2011. Will be finalised before
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
_ 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
_ 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
_ 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
_ 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
(iii) The request to reiterate the cash handling Allowance to Treasurers once again due to non
drawal is accepted.
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
(ii) Allowing Accountants officials also be opted for postmasters cadre will be considered
(ii) Other items will be discussed further.
Demand No. 10
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
Fixing norms for newly assigned works of Multi Tasking Staff.
_ The issue requires finalization of modalities as the IWS unit is not in existence.
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
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
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
Counting of past services rendered by erstwhile RTPs for promotions and MACP.
_ Secretary (P) assured to reexamine the issue.
Demand No. 18
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Detailed action taken report on strike Charter of Demands has been supplied to Staff side by the
department. We will publish it next issue of our journal. The formal minutes will be exhibited in
Web site on 04.07.2011. Formal minutes will contain only the gist of the settlement reached.