Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Retirement in the month of September 2015

Sl. No.
Name of Officer
Shri K. Harikrishna Holla
APMG (BD) o/o CPMG, Bangalore
Shri M. Nagesh
SSP, Dharwad Division, Dharward

Association wishes them a happy, healthy & long retired life...

Release of Commemorative Postage Stamp on Dr. B. R. Ambedkar on 30-9-2015

Minister of Communication and IT Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad will release Commemorative Postage Stamp on Dr. B. R. Ambedkar on 30/9/2015 at 1.15 hours in a function at Conference Hall, 1st floor, Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi. 

Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Thawar Chand Gehlot, will preside the function. 

Bheem Rao Ambedkar was born on April 14, 1891 at Ambedkar village in Ratnagiri District of Maharashtra state. His father was Ramji. He was the 14th son of his father.

Ambedkar was a brilliant child. His teacher at school, who noticed this, was impressed and added a surname to him. It is also said that his earlier name was Bheemrao Ambedkar and it was his teacher who made it Ambedkar and gave him the full name as Bheemrao Ramji Ambedkar.

After leaving school, Ambedkar studied F.A., at the Elphinstone College, Bombay (Mumbai). With the help of the Rajah of Baroda, Ambedkar went to Colombia University, America and completed his B.A., and M.A., degrees, in 1912 and 1913 respectively. For his M.A. degree he Zwrote a research paper “Commerce in India”. He wrote many more research essays while staying at Colombia. They are:

(1) Religious in India and their origin, (2) Nationalists in India-a historical study. For the latter research paper he was awarded Ph.D., by the Colombia University. With this he became Dr. Ambedkar.

He went to England to study law. Along with law, he studied Economics and political Science. He acquired the degree of Barrister-at-law and also M.Sc. degree simultaneously. Dr. Ambedkar hails from the community of Mahars who are condemned as untouchables. On this account Dr. Ambedkar had to face a number of problems. He was looked down upon and ill-treated. Hence he wanted to agitate against untouchability.

In 1918, he took up a job as a professor in a college and in 1920 he took part in the first meet of the Depressed Classes held at Nagpur. In 1923, he started practice at Bombay High Court. In 1924, he started a paper “Bahishkrita hitakarini”. He took up the cause of the Depressed Classes before the Simon Commission which visited India in 1928. He attended the First Round Table Conference held at London and argued that the Depressed Classes should have voting rights and the right to elect their own leaders.

Dr. Ambedkar had a sharp mind. He said that all men are equal in all matters. Once he entered the Veereswar temple where Mahars were not allowed. A case was field against him by the temple authorities. The court justified the action of Dr. Ambedkar. Dr. Ambedkar could not reconcile to the domination of upper castes. It was Mahatma Gandhi who could convince Dr. Ambedkar against this and bring him back to the mainstream.

Dr. B.R. Ambedkar was first Law Minister of India after we got Independence in 1947. He was also the chairman of the drafting committee of our Constitution and in fact, he is one of the main architects of our Constitution. As a brilliant law minister and an intelligent person, he could include in the Constitution, the required safeguards for the depressed Classes. On November 1, 1949 the Draft Constitution was approved by the Government and Dr. B.R. Ambedkar was since then called, the “Modern Manu of India”.

The caste system in Hinduism forced Dr. B.R. Ambedkar to embrace Buddhism along with 5 lakhs of other Depressed Class people. He attended a conference of Buddhists in Sri Lanka in 1950. He was a lover of books. On a visit to New York, it is said that he purchased as many as 2000 books. Dr. B.R. Ambedkar passed away on December 6, 1956.

DOP circulated DA order

Promotion and posting in the Grade of Member, Postal Services Board, Indian Postal Service, Group 'A ' and transfer/posting of a Member, Postal Services Board

Today's News : DoP seek Cabinet nod to set up Payments Bank

“We expect the fund to be cleared in two months,” an official source told PTI.
Payments bank licence will allow companies to collect deposits (initially up to Rs.1 lakh per individual), offer Internet banking, facilitate money transfers and sell insurance and mutual funds.

Besides, they can issue ATM or debit cards, but not credit cards. The Department expects revenue of over Rs.550 crore from PBI in first 5 years. The postal department had earlier tried for Rs.632 crore fund approval from government for full fledged banking services but it was not cleared by PIB.

Government has in-principle agreed to the entry of Postal Department in banking service through payments bank route.
“The DoP expects to roll out Payment Bank services by March 2017. There are no major infrastructure issue with the department. Only there is need to set up a data centre and disaster recovery centre which will be done soon,” the official said.
The Postal department computerised about 25,000 of its departmental post offices but rural post offices will be provided handheld devices for digitalising records.

The Department is in final stages of appointing a consultant that will guide it in setting up payment banks.

The Payments Bank entity is proposed to have its own employees and IT infrastructure. — PTI
The DoP expects to roll out Payment Bank services by March 2017. There are no major infrastructure issue with the department

Inspection Note for CBS Post Office in DOP Finacle

  1. See reconciliation report provided by Infosys at the time of migration is available? Whether the copy of the same has been provided to SBCO and SPO? Examine exception report if any given by Infosys and suggest remedial action.
  2. See as to whether the manual records have been migrated to CBS application? If not make a note of it and take remedial action.
  3. Have all signatures migrated to CBS/Finacle application? See signatures of at least 10 accounts in Finacle/CBS application
  4. Talk to the concerned staff and see if any issue observed with the migrated data.

Function and Migration

  • Whether staff has been adequately trained in operating Finacle CBS . Any suggestions for improvement.
  • Whether supervisory staff is regularly verifying pending transactions during the working hours?
  • Whether job aids are available on the desktop of all counters? If not take remedial action and install the same.
  • Whether process documents circulated by Directorate are available in soft or hard copy with counter PAs and supervisors?
  • Awareness about Infosys help desk number and mail id? Number of issues pending for solution. Only genuine issues to be raised with full details of the official.

Hand holding support team:

  • What is the feedback on the support provided by Infosys hand holding support? Any suggestions for improvement.

Common Verificationin DOP Finacle (CBS Offices)

Whether postmaster is taking printout of office accounts ledgers and cross verifying transactions with LOT on daily basis? If not direct Postmaster to do it on daily basis and ensure compliance.
  1. Physically verify certificates stock with stock available in finacle and record results.
  2. Physically verify stock of blank POSB cheque books available in finacle and record results.
  3. Verify cash with one or two counters with their teller cash account and record the results.
  4. Educate on operating agents portal? Check lists created by agents through portal and finacle?
Availability of Account opening forms and CBS passbooks.
Maintaining of SS book
Sending Account opening forms and KYC to CPC on daily basis and preservation of those received back.

Pending Cases in Fiancle

  • Pending AOF rejected .
  • Pending NC4(a)
  • No undelivered NSC available in office.
  • List out major issues pending with help desk.
  • Pending tickets of the post office where solutions are provided.
SBCO tallying 100% vouchers with LOT and writing objection memo pads for manual corrections and consolidation.

Having ATM ?

  • Whether ATM is Installed in the Post Office Premises? If so, is it working?
  • Number of instant ATM Cards / Welcome Kits lying in Stock?
  • Collect some Passbooks form the counter and verify balance available in Finacle CBS by using menu HACLI. Record results.
  • Whether New Account opening Forms and CBS Passbooks are available in sufficient numbers? If no, take remedial action to ensure adequate supply.
See consolidation for all schemes for 4 days and verify with totals of LOT available in Post office.
Whether SS Book is being maintained to paste Specimen Signatures of newly opened Savings accounts? If not, get the same started in your presence.


Order Reserved on 13.01.2015
Pronounced on        30.01.2015
Gourav Kumar son of Sh. Satnam Rai, Sorting Assistant, Office of Head Record Officer, RMS LD Division, Railway Station, Ludhiana, Punjab, resident of St. No.2, Dera Baba Badri Dass, Bedi Colony, Ferozepur City...... Applicant


1. Union of India through the Secretary to Government of India, Ministry of Telecommunication & Information Technology, Department of Posts, Dak Bhawan, New Delhi.

2. Assistant Director General (DE), Government of India, Ministry of Communications & IT, Department of Posts (Recruitment Division), Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg, New Delhi-110001.

3. The Chief Postmaster General, Punjab Circle, Sector 17, Chandigarh.

4. The Superintendent, RMS LD Division, Ludhiana-141008. ....... Respondents

Present:      Sh. Rohit Sharma, counsel for the applicant.
                   Sh. Darshan Gupta, proxy for Ms. Mohinder Gupta, counsel for the respondents.
 O R D E R


1. This O.A. has been filed under Section 19 of the Administrative Tribunals Act, 1985, seeking the following relief:

(i)  Declare the action of the respondents in not allowing him to participate in the Inspector Posts LDCE, 2014 for promotion to the post of Inspector of Post Offices, without any logic and reason as no intimation of the disqualification of the candidature of the applicant has been communicated to him by the authorities till date as the procedure of examination is fully time bound and as his ACRs are above board and a minor penalty of stoppage of increment for three months without cumulative effect w.e.f. 01.7.2013 to 30.09.2013 has already come to an end and thus, there is no impediment in his participation in the examination and as such action of the respondents is illegal, arbitrary, discriminatory and based on extraneous consideration.
(ii)     Issue direction to the respondents to allow him to appear in the Inspector Posts LDCE, 2014 for promotion to the post of Inspector of Post Offices as a minor penalty of stoppage of increment for the three months without cumulative effect w.e.f. 01.7.2013 to 30.09.2013 has already come to an end and there is no adverse remark in any of his ACRs for the last 5 years and if he is successful, he may be promoted with all the consequential benefits.

2. When the matter came up for consideration on 11.8.2014, prayer for interim relief was allowed and the applicant was allowed to file his OMR Sheet for the LDCE.  However, it was directed that his final result may not be declared till the decision in this O.A and this position continues till date.

3. Background of the matter is that the applicant was appointed on 27.4.2008 as Sorting Assistant and at present is posted in the Head Record Office, RMS LD Division, Ludhiana.  The next promotion is to the post of Inspector of Posts Offices (Group B Non-Gazetted, Ministerial) in the Pay Band-1 of Rs.9300-34800 with Grade Pay of Rs.4200/- which is governed by rules know as Department of Posts (Inspector Posts) Recruitment Rules, 2013 (Annexure A-2).  As per these rules, the post is to be filled up 1/3rd by direct recruitment through Staff Selection Commission and 2/3rd by promotion through Limited Departmental Competitive Examination (LDCE).

4. The respondents issued notification dated 3.6.2014 for conducting LDCE for the year 2014 (Annexure A-3) and cut off date was mentioned as 1.1.2014 for calculating 5 years eligibility service and age.  Para 9 of the notice provides that the Competent Authority will ensure and certify that (i) No disciplinary action is pending or contemplated against the applicant (ii) no punishment is current against the applicant (iii) no adverse entry in the APAR/ACR in the last five years, before recommending the application of the official for appearing in LDCE. An Addendum was also issued on 5.6.2014 (Annexure A-4).  Since the applicant considered himself eligible for appearing in the LDCE, he submitted his application dated 26.6.2014 and also moved representation dated 12.7.2014 that he had applied for the I.P. Examination, 2014 but had not received OMR Form, hence he requested for issuance of the same (Annexure A-5, A-6).  Another representation in this regard dated 16.7.2014 was also filed but to no avail.  Hence this O.A.

5. In the grounds for relief the applicant has referred to the following:-

1. Govt. of India, Chief Secretary (Departmental Personnel) O.M. No.21/5/70-Ests.(A) dated 15.5.1971.

2.  Government of India, Chief Secretary, (Departmental Personnel) O.M. No.22011/6/75-Ests.(D) dated 30.12.1976.

He has claimed that these help the case of the applicant since there was nothing against the applicant that could be used to deny participation in the LDCE as penalty imposed on 1.7.2013 had come to an end on 30.9.2003 and ACRs of the applicant for the last 5 years i.e. up to 31.1.2013 are to be considered up to the mark. Thus he is eligible to participate in LDCE and is eligible to be considered for promotion as Inspector of Posts.

6. In the written statement filed on behalf of the respondents facts of the matter have not been disputed.  It has further been stated that as a result of disciplinary proceedings, the applicant was punished with withholding of next one increment for one year without cumulative effect vide Memo No.B-2/59/Ferozepur/10-11 dated 07.7.2011 (Annexure R-1).  The applicant challenged the punishment orders in the appeal, but could not find favour.  The Appellate Authority upheld the punishment order dated 07.7.2011 vide order dated 25.10.2011 (Annexure R-2).  The revision petition also came to be rejected vide order dated 24.10.2013 (Annexure R-3). In another instance, the applicant was again inflicted punishment of withholding of next one increment for three months without cumulative effect vide Memo No.D-3/Mail/ARR/FZR/11-12 dated 30.7.2012 (Annexure A-1) for refusing to book an article for a member of the public on the plea that article cannot be booked due to shortage of postage stamps.  He refused to book the article even after presentation of same with postage stamps.  Copy of the penalty order awarded was placed in the ACR/APAR of the applicant against relevant year, in accordance with Govt. of India, M.H.A. O.M. No38/12/59-Ests(A) dated 23.04.1960.  The applicant challenged the punishment orders in the appeal but the Appellate Authority upheld the punishment order dated 30.7.2012 vide Appellate order dated 28.01.2013 (Annexure R-5).  The revision petition also came to be rejected vide order dated 29.10.2013 (Annexure R-6).

 7. It has also been stated that the penalty imposed upon the applicant had not been set aside or modified by any of the higher authorities and therefore, adverse remarks recorded in APAR remained in operation.  The Postal Directorate, after reviewing the existing pattern and syllabus for LDCE for the category of Inspector Posts, revised the same vide letter No.7-14/2011-SPB-II dated 09.3.2011 (Annexure R-8).  It prescribes assessment of APAR/ACR for the last five years and the competent authority had to ensure and certify that no disciplinary action is pending or contemplated against the applicant; no punishment is current against the applicant and that there is no adverse entry in the APAR/ACR in the last five years, before recommending the applications for participation in LDCE.  In order to fill up the vacancies of Inspector of Posts (66.6% departmental quota) for the year 2014, Postal Directorate vide letter dated 03.2.2014 (Annexure A-3) notified for conducting LDCE-2014 scheduled to be held on 20 and 21.9.2014.  Para 9 of  this notification specified that the competent authority will ensure and certify the following before recommending the application of the aspirants for appearing in LDCE:-

i. No disciplinary action is pending or contemplated against the applicant

ii. No punishment is current against the applicant

iii. No adverse entry in the APAR/ACR in the last five years.

Nodal officers have to verify and ensure that the candidates covered by any of the above should not be permitted to participate in the LDCE even on provisional basis.  In view of the adverse entries in the APARs in the case of the applicant, the application of the applicant was not recommended.

8. In the rejoinder filed on behalf of the applicant it has been stated that since currency of punishment was to be considered therefore, right of the applicant to be considered for promotion cannot be denied hence he was entitled to appear in the LDCE.  The following judgments have been cited in this regard:

i. Kishorechand Chandawat vs. State & Ors. on 19 November, 2012 in the High Court of the judicature for the Rajasthan at Jodhpur order S.B. Civil Writ Petition N.8442/2008.

ii. Suraj Mal Soni versus State of Rajasthan decided on the April 16, 1992 in the High Court of the Rajasthan.

iii. Dr. S. Malarkanni M.B.B.S. vs. State of Tamil Nadu on 19 October, 2011.

iv. The Deputy Inspector General of . . . Vs. Rani on 27th April 2011.

v. Central Administrative Tribunal, Allahbad in case of Rafat Faizan Vs. Gokulprasad Maniklala Agarwal decided on 7 August, 2013.

vi. Delhi High Court in the case of Ved Prakash Gupta vs. Municipal Corporation of Delhi on 1 August, 1997.

9. Arguments advanced by learned counsel for the parties were heard when learned counsel for the applicant reiterated the content of the O.A. and rejoinder.  He further stated that as per the notification dated 01.2.2013 (Annexure A-2) Sorting Assistants along with persons from other categories could appear for the LDCE for promotion as Inspector of Posts. No conditionality had been imposed in this notification and hence para 9 of letter dated 03.6.2014 (Annexure A-3) issued regarding conducting of LDCE for promotion to the cadre of Inspector Posts was beyond the Rules. He pressed that administrative decisions/instructions could not override the provisions of statutory rules and hence the applicant was entitled to participate in the LDCE for consideration as Inspector of Posts.  Learned counsel also cited judgment dated 27.4.2011 of the Madras High Court in Deputy Inspector General of Police Vs. Rani in this regard and referred to para 28(1, 2, 3, 4 and 5) which reads as under:

Therefore, after analysis of the entire law on the subject, we answer the reference as follows:

1) During the period of currency of minor punishment, an employee cannot claim as a matter of right to be promoted to the next category merely on the basis that he is otherwise fit for promotion and to that extent, the finding of the Division Bench in Subramanian v. Government of Tamil Nadurep. by its Secretary, Chennai and others [2008 (5) MLJ 350] stands overruled. It is needless to state that after the currency of punishment period, the Government servant is entitled to be considered for promotion to the next post, if otherwise eligible.

2) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

3) The detailed instructions issued by the Government in G.O.Ms.No.368, Personnel and Administrative Reforms Department dated 18.10.1993 issued by the Chief Secretary to Government by order of the Governor, cannot be equated to the statutory rules framed under the proviso to Article 309 of the Constitution of India and it can utmost be administrative instructions issued under Article 162 of the Constitution of India. In any event, the said Government Order does not deal with the case of promotion of a Government servant during the currency of punishment.

4) The Government letter No.18824/S/2005-2, Personnel and Administrative Reforms (S) Department dated 7.10.2005 with annexures 1 to 7 and the letter No.248 (P&AR) Department dated 20.10.1997 are not statutory rules framed under proviso Article 309 of the Constitution of India and cannot be read either with the Tamil Nadu Government Servants Conduct Rules, 1973 or under the Tamil Nadu Civil Service (Disciplinary and Appeal) Rules.

5) Consequently, the embargo put on the right of Government servant for being considered for promotion for a further period, after the period of minor punishment is over, in the name of check period viz., one year in the case of censure and five years in the case other minor punishments is illegal and impermissible under the statutory rules.
10. Learned counsel for the respondents fairly submitted that Department of Posts (Inspector Posts) Recruitment Rules have been notified on 01.2.2013 but Para 9 of the letter dated 17.6.2013 (Annexure R-9) was not supported by any entry in the Rules.  Para 9 had been included on account of administrative instructions dated 09.3.2011.

11. We have given our thoughtful consideration to the matter.  It appears from the material on record that the application of the applicant for appearing in the LDCE for Inspector of Posts was rejected on the ground that his APARs were not satisfactory. This provision that was included in the letter dated 03.6.2013 notifying conduct of LDCE is not supported by any entry in the Department of Posts (Inspector Posts) Recruitment Rules, 2013. Since it is settled law that administrative decisions/instructions cannot override provisions of statutory rules, the O.A. is allowed and the respondents are directed to treat the applicant as eligible for appearing in the LDCE notified on 03.6.2014.

 12. The O.A. is disposed of with these directions.  No costs.

(RAJWANT SANDHU)                                        (SANJEEV KAUSHIK)
MEMBER (A)                                                         MEMBER (J)
Place: Chandigarh. 
Dated:  30.01.2015

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Seventh Pay Commission Likely To Introduce Health Insurance

New Delhi: In a move that could benefit more than 50 lakh central government employees and 56 lakh pensioners, the Seventh Pay commission is planning to propose to introduce health insurance scheme to replace Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) at highly subsidized rates.

The pay panel has already held detailed discussions about this with various stakeholders, including organisations, federations, groups representing civil employees as well as Defence services.

The pay panel will ask the central government to urge the insurance industry to come up with feasible health insurance solution for the central government employees and pensioners. The IRDA, the insurance regulatory body of India, will be compelled to ask the health insurance companies to offer a basic insurance to every central government employee and pensioner, regardless of age or medical condition and are not allowed to make a profit off this basic insurance.

The serving central government employees in non-CGHS areas are provided healthcare facilities under the CS(MA) Rules, 1994, but pensioners are not covered under these rules.

The pensioners are, however, entitled to a fixed medical allowance of Rs 500 per month. The pensioners residing in non-CGHS areas have the option to become a CGHS member in any CGHS-covered city of their choice to avail the medical facilities under the CGHS Scheme.

Health insurance would be available for central government employees and pensioners till death, with the insured employees and pensioners will have to pay 50% of the premium from their salaries and pensions and the remaining 50% premium may be paid by the central government.

The health insurance would cover a family of six the employee and pensioner himself or herself, the spouse, two children and two parents. The maximum sum assured for family in a year could up to Rs 5 lakh.

Under the CGHS, the annual per capita expenditure is more than Rs 5,000. In contrast, the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), which caters to the rural masses, spends just Rs 180 per head.

The CGHS is financed mainly through the Centre’s tax revenues. Though beneficiaries do contribute a share of their wages towards premium, ranging from Rs 600 to Rs 6,000 a year depending on their pay scale, this accounts for just about 5 per cent of the total expenditure. The government shells out the remaining 95 per cent.

So, the central government also wanted for ending the CGHS in its current form and to move to an insurance-based health scheme to cut costs.

TSTNew Delhi: Seventh Pay Commission is ready with its recommendations on revising emoluments for nearly 48 lakh central government employees and 55 lakh pensioners, and will soon submit report to the Finance Ministry.

Earlier in August, the government had extended Commission's term by another four months till December 31to give recommendations.

"The Commission is ready with recommendations and the report will be submitted soon," according to sources.

The Commission, whose recommendations may also have a bearing on the salaries of the state government staff, was given more time by the Union Cabinet just a day before its original 18-month term was coming to an end.

Headed by Justice A K Mathur, the Commission was appointed in February 2014 and its recommendations are scheduled to take effect from January 1, 2016.

The government constitutes the Pay Commission almost every 10 years to revise the pay scale of its employees and often states also implement the panel's recommendations after some modifications.

As part of the exercise, the Commission holds discussions with various stakeholders, including organisations, federations, groups representing civil employees as well as defence services.

Meena Agarwal is the secretary of the Commission. Other members are Vivek Rae, a retired IAS officer of 1978 batch and Rathin Roy, an economist.

Sixth Pay Commission was implemented with effect from January 1, 2006, the fifth from January 1, 1996 and the fourth from January 1, 1986.

Swachh Bharat Mission - Programme in Post offices

The Secretary (Posts) has instructed all Circle Heads to take immediate action under the Swachh Bharat Mission as per the following program detailed below:

25th to 27th Sept 2015 - Special cleanliness drive for all Departmental Post Office and administrative office buildings.

28th to 30th September 2015 - Special cleanliness drive for all Departmental Post Office and administrative office campuses.

1st to 5th October 2015 - Special cleanliness drive for all Branch Post Offices.

6th to 10th October 2015 - Weeding out of old record, unserviceable items as well as carrying out minor maintenance of departmental buildings.

11th October 2015 - Special cleanliness drive organized by all Postal employees and officers to clean public places in the immediate vicinity of Post Offices; attempt should be made to involve local self Government bodies and district administration

It has also been instructed to complete the programmes in true letter and spirit and to send high resolution photos in soft copy to the Directorate for each and every programme. 

Set up of "Central processing centre' for PLI/RPLI at each Head Post Office - Roles and Responsibilities of various staff

 You aware that  implementation of 'Core Insurance Solution' (CIS) and set-up of 'Central Processing Centre' (CPC) for Postal Life Insurance  & RPLI at all Head Post Offices is going on and CPCs started functioning in some Circles.

On implementation of 'CIS' system and setting up of CPCs of PLI & RPLI at HOs, the entire processing of new proposals and various service requests have to be done in CPCs itself. The role of Divisional, Regional and Circle Offices in processing of cases manually has been eliminated and now, competent authorities  have to approve cases, both new proposals & claims as per limits prescribed, in the 'CIS' system itself.

3. In 'CIS' system various new terms like Indexer, Data Entry Operator, Quality Checker, Approver etc. are used. Although, those terms with roles are clarified during the trainings & workshops, still there was some confusion in the roles & responsibilities and functions to be performed at various levels.
Directorate of Postal Life Insurance vide its letter dated 24.09.2015 has defined the roles and responsibilities of the various officials deployed at Central Processing Centres set up at Head Post Offices.

Roles & Responsibilities of various officials & officers on implementation 

of 'Core Insurance Solution' and set-up of 'Central Processing Centre' for



Fixation of Pay of re-employed ex-servicemen pensioners retiring before attaining age of 55 years

Click here to view the clarification issued by Postal Directorate vide its letter dated 15.09.2015 on the above subject matter. 

Payment of 6% DA W.e.f 01.07.2015 - Orders issued by Finance Ministry

Copy of the OM dated 23.09.2015 of Dept of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance communicating the orders of enhancement of  Dearness Allowance from 113% to 119% with effect from 01.07.2015 to central Govt Employees is reproduced below.

Govt mulls to execute compulsory retirement to Central Government employee for better administration

       Recently, the Central Government had issued an order (No.25013/01/2013-Estt.A-IV) regarding strengthening of administration by executing compulsory retirement to the central government employees who are found to be inefficient, incapable or unable to fulfill the targets set by their higher authorities, after completing certain years of service.

The order brought panic among employees and questions arise how to identify those employees who are given compulsory retirement. The order was issued on the basis of CCS (Pension) Rule 56 (j) and Rule 48 which explains the above points. The government had clarified that if the order comes into effect, it won’t be treated as a punishment to the employees.

Article 311 of the Constitution of India says that the government should ensure security to an employee. As per the Rule, an employee should be well informed of any actions to be taken against him and be to given opportunity to explain on his part. But this rule is not applicable to criminal offences or against the security of the country.

The order which was released by DOPT, with some Supreme Court orders was a little bit strong than the previous ones. But it will not be an easy exercise for the government to implement the order as it has to face strong opposition from the employees, Trade Unions and Federations.

To analyze and determine employees’ efficiency was always a headache for the government. In the 6th CPC, the commission recommended special yearly increment to 20% of the central government employees in each department for outstanding performance on their field. But no such appreciations had happened so far in any of the departments.

Let us wait and see what will happen next….!


Saturday, September 26, 2015

Minutes of CWC Meeting of AIAIPASP Karnataka Circle Karnataka held at Hotel Ustav, K. S. Rao Road, Near Laxmi Gold Palace, Mangaluru 575001 on 25/9/2015.

1.       The meeting started with Invocation by Shri.Vasudev Chatra, ASP (HQ), O/o SSRM Sorting Division, Bengaluru.

2.       Shri.Joseph Rodrigues, ASP (HQ), O/o SSPOs Mangaluru Division, Mangaluru welcomed the guests and members on behalf of the Association.

3.       Shri.Jagadish Pai, SSPOs Mangaluru Division, Mangaluru, Shri.Sudhakar Devadiga, SPOs MBC Manipal &  Shri.T G Naik, SSPOs Puttur Division, Puttur has graciously present in the CWC meeting and delivered few words.

4.       Shri.Naveenchandar, SPOs Udupi Division, President of the Association has declared the quorum.
5.       Shri.Vasudev Chatra readout the minutes of the last CWC held on 31.01.2015 at Hospet Dist Bellary.
a)      Issue discussed in connection with supply of data cards. The Committee unanimously decided that the request for demand for supply of data cards has been withdrawn.
b)      Purchase of one site in the name of AIAIPASP Karnataka Circle at new layout built by Postal Society at  Chikkajal, Bengaluru was discussed. Shri.Vasudev Chatra has been permitted to go forward to process for membership & purchase formalities with the concerned authorities.
c)      Issue for providing one room at Rajajinagar/Bg GPO/Blore City RMS may be taken up with Circle administration for conducting meeting & association activities.
By these modifications CWC has adopted the confirmation of last meeting held at Hospet.

6.       Seventh Pay Commission – Shri.Manjunath Hubballi, Circle Secretary has briefed the issue relating to meeting with Pay Commission held at Mumbai. Many Members have expressed their views on the subject. There is a good hope for better scale in the 7th CPC for our cadre.

7.       Cadre restructuring and merger of ASP Cadre with PSS Gr “B’ cadre- Shri. Manjunath Hubballi, Circle Secretary has explained the latest progress of the file in Directorate. Some of the members have expressed their views on the subject. It is told that file is under progress in view of latest development in 7th pay commission reports. It is also opined by GS that he is pursuing the issue at Dte and he is visiting Dte in the month of October for this issue.  

8.       Regular promotion to PSS Gr ”B” Cadre- Shri. Manjunath Hubballi, Circle Secretary has informed about latest information. It is informed that supplementary DPC has been conducted and officers from Karnataka joined for their new place on promotion. We are expecting regular DPC for the year 2015 in the first week of October 2015.

9.       LDCE for the promotion to PSS Group “B” and Sr. Postmaster Examination- The schedule of examination released for the year 2015 but not conducted as per the schedule, it is informed that methodology of the examination has been revised for conducting the examination and further all the CAT cases on the matter in different courts are completed. The matter has to be taken up with CHQ for necessary action at Dte..

10.   Re-organization of Sub Divisions- The committee formed under the leadership of Shri.Srinath N.B ASP West Shimoga Sub Division Shimoga, he has requested to submit their report before 30.11.2015 on this subject to CS for further taken up with the circle administration and CHQ.
Issue related to visits/inspections to Post offices discussed elaborately among the members. 
11.   Re-allotment of ASP’s from Region to Region- Shri. Manjunath Hubballi, CS has informed the progress made on the issue to the members. It is assured by Circle Administration that the requests of some of our ASP’s considered and some of the ASP’s requests pending are to be considered in the coming days.

12.   Supply of Data Card/Laptops/Computers with Broad band connection for all IPs/ASPs other than Sub Divisional Heads- The committee decided to put forth the issue with CPMG Karnataka Circle, for supply of new laptop in lieu of old one.

13.   Payment of PLI/RPLI incentive to SDHs- Shri. Manjunath Hubballi, CS has informed about their Division in payment of incentives. Shri.Chidanand has informed the latest instructions received from the CO regarding payment of incentives. Shri.P V Damodar has briefed the medical examination to be done in case of above 20 lakhs proposal and its difficulties. It was decided to take up the issue with CPMG Karnataka Circle for rectification.

14.   Adhoc arrangement to vacant PSS Gr B and ASP Posts- Shri. Manjunath Hubballi, CS has informed the latest developments on the issue to the members. Regarding issue of seniority list of IPs/ASPs was discussed. CO has called willingness from the eligible officers.

15.   Organization review – The organization tour was decided in the earlier CWC was not done due to scarcity of time. President and CS have expressed their views and actions to be taken to organize the association.
Verification process of membership was taken up and all members are requested to enroll their colleagues, those who are not given their membership in respect of their Division. CS has informed that the list of members who are not furnished the membership form will be displayed in the IP/ASP Blog shortly.
16.   Financial review – Shri Manjunath Hubballi, CS has delivered the information on this. Shri.Vasudev Chatra raised the issue with enhancement of membership subscription. But President informed that the issue lies with CHQ, hence the same will be taken up next All India conference.

17.   Karnataka Circle Blog- President has briefly explained about the subject. Presently Shri Manjunatha Hubballi CS, looking after the blog, Shri.Naveen V L and Shri.Jospeph Rodrigues have been requested to look after the blog on its updation issues.

18.   Any other item with the permission of the Chair-

i)  Shri.Cheluvaraya raised the problems faced on payment of IO/PO honorarium and updation of inspection questionnaire as per the latest changes in the department.

ii)                         Shri.Manjunath Vibhu, raised the problem on payment of IO/PO honorarium. President has assured the issue taken with Circle administration and submit brief to association for taken up with the concerned.

CS informed that 39th All India Conference will be held at Jaipur during February 2016. Total Rs.30000/- donation coupons received for distribution among members. All members are requested to contribute their donations.
The next CWC meeting will be held at Bengaluru as assured by the members of Bengaluru units. The tentative date will be 29-01-2016.
In the last Circle Conference, Hassan Division has come forward to host the conference. But Shri.Shankarappa B M ASP Arsikere and his team has expressed their difficulties for hosting the conference at this time. Hence all the members are requested to give their consent for hosting conference. Finally Sri Jayarama Shetty ASP (Dn) Udupi Division and his team come forward to host the next Circle conference at Udupi Division in support with Dakshina District divisions Mangaluru and Puttur in the month of April. All the members are accepted this with big clapping.
Finally Sri.Naveenchandar, President and SPOs Udupi Dn has delivered his presidential address.
Master of ceremony Shri.Harish T B
Vote of thanks: Shri.Shankar, ASP Mangaluru.

                The Mangalore Division has made a wonderful arrangement of launch for CWC members with afternoon trip to Durgaparameshwari Temple Kateel and sun set at beach. Members are enjoyed the trip.

L to R : Shri Manjunath Hubballi CS, Shri Navin Chander President, Shri M. Jagdish Pai SSP Mangalore (Chief Guest) and Shri Joseph Rodriges addressing to audience
Shri Navin Chander President lighting the lamp in picture CS and Chief Guest are seen

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