Wish you and your family a Happy New Year 2010. Let the new year brings all health, pleasure and prosperity to you and your family.
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
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Tuesday, December 15, 2009
DEPARTMENT ISSUED ORDERS LIBERALISING THE COMPOSITION OF SCREENING COMMITTEE FOR GRANT OF MACP ON DEMAND BY P3 CHQ & NFPE
Officer holding the post of JTS with Grade Pay Rs.5400/- in PB-2 can act as Chair Person of the Screening Committee for granting Modified ACP in Department of Posts
Department issued orders on the demand made by P3 CHQ & NFPE for liberalisation of the conditions to speed up the grant of Modified ACP in all Circles
In the event of non-availability of STS officer, JTS Officer can act as chair person of the Screening Committee for MACPS in Department of Posts
Copy of the Order is as follows:
Ministry of Communications & ITDepartment of Posts NO No.4-7/MACPS/2009/-PCC dated 9.12.2009
Subject:-Modified Assured carrier Progression Scheme to central Government civil Employees with effect from 01-09-2008 I am directed to invite your attention to the Para 9&10 of this office OM No 4-7(MACPS)2009-PCC dated 18 Sep 2009 regarding constitution of Screening committee for MACPS. Parag 9 of the OM provides that Member of the Committee should not be below the rank of Under Secretary or equivalent in PB-3 with Grade Pay of Rs 6600/- and the Chairperson should be a grade above the members of the Committee.
Keeping in view the difficulties experienced -by various Circles for constitution of the Screening Committee due to non-availability of officers of the rank of Under Secretary or equivalent in the Grade Pay of Rs.6600 and likely delay in holding the meetings of the Screening Committee in the light of the existing provisions; the issue has been considered in the Directorate and I am directed to convey that Officer holding the post in JTS with grade pay of Rs. 5400/- in PB-2 [in the event of non-availability of STS officerl can act as chair person of the Screening Committee in Department of Posts. In case of any difficulty experienced following the above change in the composition of the screening committee, the same may be brought to the notice of this Directorate for examination.
This has the approval of Secretary (Posts).
Sd/- (Surendra Kumar), Assistant Director General (GDS/PCC)
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Congratulations for the Members of 23rd National Council of Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers.
The following office bearers of NFPE-P3 have been unanimously elected in the 23rd National Council session of Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers . Our union records its wishes and success in their new Role.
Com.K.Ragavendran - As Working President
Com.K.V.Sridharan - As Vice President
The complete list of office bearers is furnished here under
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Further, the high handled approach of Superintendent Karur division was also discussed and CPMG assured for effective intervention.
With regard to HSG II postings it was informed that as required a report has been sent to Directorate and the same is under process. It was further intimated that LSG postings the list is being finalized and will be released shortly for nearly 150 officials.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
153 DELEGATES COMPRISING OF CHQ OFFICE BEARERS - CIRCLE / DIVISIONAL / BRANCH SECRETRIES & OFFICE BEARERS PARTICIPATED IN THE WORK SHOP / SEMINAR
RECEPTION COMMITTEE HAD MADE EXCELLANT ARRANGEMENTS IN A CALM AND NATURAL RESORT OF EMS ACADEMY
PHOTOGRAPHIC VISUALS OF THE TWO DAYS SEMINAR - CUM - WORK SHOP ARE FURNISHED BELOW AND PHOTOS ARE NUMBERED FROM LEFT TO RIGHT OF EACH ROW:
1. BANNER OF THE WORK SHOP -CUM - SEMINAR
2. INAUGURAL SESSION - COMRADES M.KRISHNAN [P3 CHQ PRESIDENT]; C.C.PILLAI [WORKING PRESIDENT CONFEDERATION]; K.V.SRIDHARAN [GENERAL SECRETARY P3]; K.RAGAVENDRAN [SECRETARY GENERAL NFPE]; AND B.G.TAMHANKAR [ FORMER PRESIDENT NFPE] ON THE DAIS.
3. MS.SHOBA KOSHY CHIEF POSTMASTER GENERAL & CHIEF GUEST MAKING HER PRESENTATION ON SEMINAR SUBJECT 'GLOBALISATION'S IMPACT ON POSTAL SERVICES'
4. CHIEF POSTMASTER GENERAL ANSWERING QUESTIONS IN THE INTERACTIVE SESSION
5. COMRADE C.C.PILLAI WORKING PRESIDENT CONFEDERATION INAUGURATING THE WORK SHOP / STUDY CAMP
6. COMRADE K.RAGAVENDRAN SECRETARY GENERAL NFPE PRESENTING ON POLICY OFFENSIVES AND OUR COUNTER STRATEGY
7. COMRADE K.V.SRIDHARAN GENERAL SECRETARY P-III MAKING HIS PRESENTATION ON STAFF RULINGS AND TASK OF TRADE UNION OFFICE BEARERS
8. COMRADE M.KRISHNAN ALL INDIA PRESIDENT P-III CHQ PRESENTING P&T TRADE UNION HISTORY
9. COMRADE B.G.TAMHANKAR FORMER NFPE PRESIDENT PRESENTING SB RULINGS AND RTI ACT.
10. SHRI.M.C.NAIR RETIRED SSPOs MAKING HIS PRESENTATION ON DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDINGS.
11. A VIEW OF PARTICIPANTS.
12. ANOTHER VIEW OF PARTICIPANTS.
13. MORE VIEWS OF PARTICIPANTS.
14. ONE MORE VIEW OF PARTICIPANTS.
15. COMRADE M.KRISHNAN ALL INDIA PRESIDENT P-III ANSWERING QUESTIONS DURING INTERACTIVE SESSION.
Friday, October 30, 2009
SECRETARIES GENERAL OF NFPE & FNPO - GENERAL SECRETARIES OF P3, P4, R3, R4 & ADMN UNIONS OF BOTH NFPE AND FNPO - DEPUTY GS POSTAL ACCOUNTS UNION - TREASURER AIPEDEU CHQ - ATTENDED THE JCA MEETING
JCA MET IN THE AFTERMATH OF IMPLEMENTATION OF GDS COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS
JCA UNANIMOUSLY DECIDED TO ORGANISE A NATIONWIDE 'SAVE RMS' PROGRAMME BY POSTAL JCA DURING NOVEMBER 2009 AND CULMINATING IN INDEFINITE STRIKE BY RMS&MMS UNIONS OF NFPE & FNPO FROM 15TH DECEMBER 2009 - FEDERATIONS & OTHER AFFILIATES OF NFPE & FNPO WOULD ORGANISE EFFECTIVE SOLIDARITY PROGRAMMES IN SUPPORT OF RMS&MMS EMPLOYEES STRIKE.
DUE TO MORE TIME REQUESTED BY THE AIPEDEU FOR FINALISING THE DEMANDS OF GDS IT HAS BEEN DECIDED TO MEET AFTER RMS STRIKE - OTHER REGULAR EMPLOYEES UNIONS ALSO WOULD FINALISE THEIR DEMANDS IN DUE COURSE AND WOULD BE DISCUSSEDD IN NEXT JCA MEETING AFTER RMS STRIKE
POSTAL JCA DECIDED TO ADDRESS THE SECRETARY [P] ABOUT THE SERIOUS ATTACKS MOUNTED ON THE RMS - THE COPY OF LETTER FROM JCA TO SECRETARY [P] AND THE COPY OF CHARTER OF DEMANDS / PROGRAMME OF ACTION / JCA CIRCULAR ARE PLACED HEREUNDER FOR FACILITATING THE BRANCHES AND DIVISIONS TO ORGANISE JCA PROGRAMMES WITH TOTAL SUCCESS.
COPY OF POSTAL JCA CIRCULAR TO CIRCLE SECRETARIES:
POSTAL JOINT COUNCIL OF ACTION
National Federation of Postal Employees
1st Floor, North Avenue Post Office Building, New Delhi - 110001
Federation of National Postal Organisations
T-24, Atul Grove Road, New Delhi - 110001
JCA/2009 Dated 29th October 2009
To All Circle Secretaries of NFPE / FNPO Unions / Associations.
Dear Comrades / Colleagues,
The Postal JCA of NFPE – FNPO – AIPEDEU – NUGDS has met in the Office of NFPE on 28.10.2009 and reviewed the situation as a follow up to the implementation of GDS Committee and pending issues of Postal Regular Employees. It has been decided that the Postal JCA will again meet in December 2009 after the finalisation of demands by GDS Unions and other Unions for reviewing the situation.
However, the Postal JCA with grave concern reviewed the intensifying attack on the RMS & MMS and the new schemes and plans aimed at liquidating the RMS & MMS completely.
The JCA has thereafter came to the unanimous conclusion that unless the moves are resisted with all our might immediately the Department will go ahead with its negative moves of merger of RMS Divisions; Merger of SROS with HPOs; Merger / Abolition of RMS Offices in violation of agreement between the Directorate and Staff Side; Outsourcing of MMS functions to Private Contractors etc.
It was therefore decided upon to launch an All India Programme of Action under the banner of the Postal Joint Council of Action in November 2009 culminating in an Indefinite Strike action by RMS & MMS Unions of NFPE and FNPO from 15th December 2009.
The Postal JCA letter addressed to the Secretary Department of Posts along with the 10 Charter of Demands and the Programme of Action are enclosed. Circle Secretaries are requested to circulate all by translating in respective Regional languages.
A Strike Campaign Tour Programme by the General Secretaries and the Secretary General of NFPE and FNPO is also under preparation to touch all State Capitals. The Strike Tour will be exhibited in the websites of the Federations shortly.
Let us understand that time has come to rise as one man to defend our existence. Organise most effectively.Organise for our survival.Initiate all round action for the success of the Programme of Action.
With Struggle Greetings,
Secretary General Secretary General
COPY OF LETTER ADDRESSED BY JCA TO SECRETARY [P] POSTAL JOINT COUNCIL OF ACTION
National Federation of Postal Employees
1st Floor, North Avenue Post Office Building, New Delhi - 110001
Federation of National Postal Organisations
T-24, Atul Grove Road, New Delhi - 110001
JCA/2009 Dated 29th October 2009
The Postal Joint Council of Action comprising of National Federation of Postal Employees; Federation of National Postal Organisations; All India Postal Extra Departmental Employees Union; and National Union of Gramin Dak Sewaks held its meeting on 28.10.2009 in New Delhi and unanimously resolved to address this letter to you drawing your kind attention to the growing serious attacks on the very existence of the RMS & MMS under your Chairmanship. The Postal JCA also noted with grave concern that the solemn agreement reached after hectic negotiations between the Department and the Staff Side on the matter of merger of 101 RMS Offices with all men and materials identified with less than 10,000 mail volumes with the neighbouring RMS Offices is being breached in the Second Phase of Mail Consolidation.
Circle Administration here and there have started to attack the existence of RMS Offices with more volume of work in a blatant violation of the agreement reached at the All India level making mockery of such bilateral agreements.
The constitution of a Committee headed by the PMG Kurnool without the knowledge of Staff Side and the recommendations of that Committee to merge all SROs with the HPOs and carry on the functions under the control of the Head Postmasters is a rude shock to the RMS & MMS Employees.
It is afraid that such type of sweeping recommendations of the above Committee without any kind of mutual discussions with the staff side will be implemented unilaterally resulting in the liquidation of RMS and that already another Enlarged Committee with Circles level Officers has been formed for supervising the implementation of the recommendations.
Already 5 ROs out of a total of 14 ROs in the country have been abolished and the balance ROs are also in the process of being liquidated.124 Transit Sections including TMPs have been abolished and mails diverted to road conveyance causing delay in public mails.
There are actions initiated to reduce the number of CRCs in several Metros at the command of the Secretary Department of Posts. There has been no purposeful effort to consider the long pending demand of the Staff Side to finalise the work norms in CRCs and other branches in a scientific manner to do away with the unilateral fixing up of CRC norms. However action has been initiated to close down the CRCs! MMS has been operated by the Department for the speedy and punctual mail conveyance all these years but the policy has been reversed to outsource more and more of the mail conveyance. MMS is being replaced by CMS denoting the handing over of mail conveyance to private players as against the stiff opposition of the staff side.
With the focus shifting from letter mail to logistics more and more universally, and that the Department of Posts also had entered into the logistics services, the future is for a bigger logistics operation in India due to its expanding market of logistics.
In such a scenario instead of planning to build our own fleet of bigger logistics vans and staff, the outsourcing of mail, speed post and logistics conveyance to private contractors is a totally negative approach aimed at liquidation of the MMS wing.
To cap it all the Department has started to merge RMS Divisions in some circles also and the Staff Side is apprehensive that the cumulative effect of all the attacking posture is aimed at total liquidation of RMS and MMS and merge the entire RMS operations with Post Offices and hand over whole MMS operations to CMS.
The necessary intervention needed on the part of the Department of Posts at the Government level for ensuring upward revision OTA Rates which is far low in comparison to casual labour wages and for revising the OSA is absent. Even the re-fixing the ceiling limit for OT entitlement is not done despite staff side representations.
There have been no attempt to get the posts of Drivers and Mail Guards / MSEs filled up despite staff shortage. This shows the Department of Posts is only interested in attacking the interests of RMS & MMS and ignores the interests of staff. The Postal Joint Council of Action after a threadbare discussion has come to the conclusion to address immediately to you seeking your personal intervention for effecting a complete reversal of the policy of liquidation of RMS & MMS and initiate measures to strengthen the RMS & MMS wing through constructive policy directions. The Postal Joint Council of Action has also been forced to take a unanimous decision to launch an all India Programme of Action by the entirety of Postal Employees under the banner of the Postal JCA immediately in the month of November 2009 that will culminate in an Indefinite Strike Action by all RMS and MMS Employees belonging to NFPE and FNPO organisations in December 2009 for which Notice would be submitted at the appropriate time.
The Postal JCA also expresses its hope that there will be change of course by the Department of Posts and that meaningful dialogue with both our Federations and the All India Unions affiliated with us would be preferred on the enclosed Charter of Demands to maintain tranquillity and peace in the India Post.
Secretary General Secretary General
[Theagarajan] [Giriraj Singh]
General Secretary – R-III General Secretary – R-III
General Secretary – R-IV General Secretary – R-IV
1. Ms. Manjula Prashar – Member [O] PSB, Dak Bhawan.
2. Ms. Kalpna Tiwari – CGM MB&Operations.
3. Shri.Subhash Chander – Director SR
Stop merging RMS Offices having more than 10,000 mails in violation of agreement between the Department and the Staff Side.
Drop all moves towards privatisation / outsourcing of MMS functions.
Implementation of Arbitration Award on OTA; Revise OSA; and refix ceiling for entitlement for drawal of OTA.
Recruitment of required Drivers and Work Shop Staff.
Filling up the vacant posts of Assistant Managers in MMS; Mail Guards and MSE staff in RMS.
Abolish all GDS MM posts in RMS and regularise the existing GDS MM as MSEs.
Grant Temporary Status to all eligible Casual labourers as on service on 1.9.1993; Issue immediate orders for drawal of 6th CPC wages to all RRR Candidates, Casual labourers and Contingent Staff.
Revise unscientific work norms in Speed Post and CRCs.
Have you booked your journey tickets? If not, please book it immediately and don't miss the Golden opportunity in taking part in the workshop exclusively being organized for the first time to educate and impart knowledge on all subjects required for the Trade Union office bearers.
The CHQ is preparing various materials for distribution and the reception committee is also making all elaborate arrangements for the comfortable stay and historical conduct of the workshop.
The Circle Secretaries/delegates are requested to intimate their arrival to our CHQ president Com. M. Krishnan in advance over phone (Mobile 9447068125). The venue 'EMS' Academy is about the distance which takes 30 minutes from the Thiruvananthapuram railway station.
After or before arriving Thiruvananthapuram, please contact the reception committee members who will provide transportation facilities from the Railway Station/Bus Stand to the workshop venue. Please contact any one of the following three comrades for assistance.
1. Com. M. Krishnan, President CHQ – 9447068125
2. Com. S. Ashok Kumar, Convenor, Local Coordinating Committee, NFPE, Trivandrum -9446849677
3. Com. Jacob Thomas, Treasurer, AIPEU Group 'C' Kerala Circle – 9447440521
This is our unique experience and no Circle Secretary should miss his presence in the workshop which is being held as per the unanimous decision of Kurukshetra CWC meeting. In case, no delegation is attended from any circle, it will be construed as if they are thinking no importance of this workshop.
Let us meet at Trivandrum either on 03.11.09 or 04.11.09 morning.
With fraternal greetings,
New Delhi – 110008 (K. V. Sridharan)
Dated – 26.10.2009 General Secretary
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
The undersigned is directed to refer to instructions issued vide this Department's OM NO. 16/6/2001-Estt(Pay-I) dated 14.2.2006 on the above subject. It was clarified therein that on transfer to the lower post/scale under FR 15(a), the pay of a Government servant holding a post on regular basis will be fixed at a stage equal to the pay drawn by him in the higher grade. If no such stage is available, the pay will be fixed at the stage next below the pay
drawn by him in the higher post and the difference may be granted as personal pay to be
absorbed in future increments. If the maximum of the pay scale of the lower post is less than
the pay drawn by him in the higher post, his pay may be restricted to the maximum under
and running Pay Bands, w.e.f. 1.1.2006 in cases of appointment of Government servants to
posts carrying lower Grade Pay under FR 15(a) on their own request, the pay in the pay
band of the Government servant will be fixed at a stage equal to the pay in the pay band
drawn by him prior to his appointment against the lower post. However, he will be granted
grade pay of lower post. Further, in all cases, he will continue to draw his increments based
on his pay in the pay band +grade pay (lower).
Saturday, October 24, 2009
WORK SHOP PROGRAMME FROM 04.11.2009 TO 05.11.2009
04.11.09 0800 – 0930 Registration of Delegates
04.11.09 1000 - 1130 Inauguration
Dr. Prabhat Patnaik, Eminent Economist
04.11.09 1130 – 1200 Felicitation
Com. C.C. Pillai, Working President, Confederation
04.11.09 1200 – 1330 P & T Trade Union History,
Com. M. Krishnan, President CHQ
04.11.09 1330 – 1500 Lunch
04.11.09 1500 – 1600 How to safe guard against contributory negligence in SB cases &
Importance of RTI Act 200504.11.09
Com B.G. Tamhankar, Ex president CHQ & NFPE
04.11.09 1600 – 1730 Staff Rulings – The role of leadership
Com. K. V. Sridharan, General Secretary
04.11.09 1730 - 1800 Tea Break
04.11.09 1800 – 2000 Interaction – All topics on the day session
If need be, there may be night session on 4.11.09.
05.11.09 0900 – 1030 Policy offensives & our counter strategy
Com. K. Ragavendran, Secretary General NFPE
05.11.09 1030 – 1200 Disciplinary rules- The role of Defence Assts & Union
Com. M. C. Nair, Retd. SSPOs, Trivandrum
05.11.09 1200 – 1330 Interaction
05.11.09 1330 – 1500 Lunch
05.11.09 1500 – 1700 Seminar on 'The Effect of Globalisation on Postal Services
Guest Lecture: - Ms. Shoba Koshy, Chief PMG Kerala
05.11.09 1700 – 1730 Tea Break
05.11.09 1730 – 1930 Interaction & feedback
05.11.09 1930 – 2000 Valedictions
1. The object of the workshop is purely to guide, impart, interact the knowledge on staff matters and to guide how to tackle the issues at divisional & circle levels.
2. This has to felicitate to create more leadership in each circle to deal the issues confronting day to day.
3. This is further to get feedback on the issues from grass root levels to further modify and strengthen the demands at higher levels.
4. If the time allotted for interaction is fully utilized, it will be most purposeful to the delegates as well as leaders of this august movement.
5. This is our first attempt in organizing such programmes of workshop and interactions. After assessing the results and requirements, we may further decide to organize such workshops in all the four regions of the nation like, North, East, West & South. This is the prelude for our future strategy in conducting such workshops in future and so everybody should attend as per the allotment to their circle
6. Once again Circle Secretaries are reminded that the travelling & other expenses of Delegates including the Delegate fee Rs.250/- shall be borne by the respective circles only.
All the Circle Secretaries are requested to organize the workshop a grand success with full participation of the delegates allotted to their circles. Further TA/DA shall be borne by the respective divisions /Circles. Please ensure that there should be no absence from any circle. If anyone has not booked his ticket, please book today by tatkal or by any means.
Let us meet in the seminar and make it a grand success as planned and purposeful
(K. V. Sridharan)
Dated – 23.10.2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
AIPEU GROUP 'C' [TAMILNADU CIRCLE]
WISH ALL OUR OFFICE BEARERS - DIVISIONAL AND BRANCH SECRETARIES - OFFICE BEARERS AT ALL LEVELS - LEADERS OF SISTER ORGANISATIONS - MEMBERS - EMPLOYEES AND ALL FOR A HAPPY DIWALI.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Click here to download excel template for calculation of arrears for GDS based on the Directorate Memo dated 9.10.2009. The excel sheet is certified by the accountants. Please send your comments to email@example.com or in the blog itself.
The following errors have been noticed:- (a) Fixation in the new scale (next stage) (b) DA rate in the old scale (c) Difference in drawn when GDS not worked for full month
The above errors have been rectified. The corrected files can be downloaded now.
1. Excel file updated on 12.10.2009 at 1120 hrs for drawal of arrears of GDS (other than BPMs) appointed before 1.4.2004.
2. Excel file for fixation and drawal of BPMs appointed before 1.4.2004 (Updated on 13.10.2009)
3. Excel file for fixation and drawal of GDS appointed after 1.4.2004
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
APPROVAL AND IMPLEMENTATION OF GDS COMMITTEE IS THE FIRST STEP - GETTING THE MODIFICATIONS IS THE NEXT STEP
ACCEPTANCE OF OFFICER HEADED NATARAJA MURTI COMMITTEE INSTEAD OF TOTAL BOYCOT PROPOSED BY NFPE IS THE REASON FOR THE PRESENT PREDICAMENT
TOTAL REVERSAL IS NOT POSSIBLE NOW BUT CONCRETE MODIFICATIONS ON SOME ISSUES LIKE THE FOLLOWING ISSUES HAVE TO BE UNITEDLY PRESSED FOR ACCEPTANCE BY THE GOVERNMENT IMMEDIATELY
POSTAL JCA OF NFPE – FNPO – AIPEDEU – NUGDS SHOULD DISCUSS ALL ISSUES ON 28.10.2009 AND PROPER DEMANDS FOR MODIFICATIONS SHOULD BE FINALISED FOR SETTLEMENT - UNITY AND UNITED APPROACH BY ALL UNDER THE BANNER OF POSTAL JCA IS THE ONLY CORRECT COURSE FOR IMPROVEMENT.
THE FOLLOWING ARE NOT EXHAUSTIVE BUT IMPORTANT FACTORS. IN THE VIEW POINT OF NFPE & P3 CHQ THE FOLLOWING ISSUES REQUIRE TOTAL CONCENTRATION FOR MODIFICATIONS BUT THE POSTAL JCA HAS TO TAKE A FINAL VIEW. RANK AND FILE IS REQUESTED TO STUDY THE WHOLE GOVERNMENT ORDERS AND OUR UNDERMENTIONED POINTS AND REQUESTED TO SUGGEST THEIR CONSIDERED OPINION AND SUGGESTIONS THROUGH E-MAILS TO CHQ.
The TRCA proposed by the Nataraja Murti Committee for the GDS SPM/BPM and the GDS MD/SV have been based only on the pre-revised Mail overseer Postmen pay scales of 3200 and 3050 respectively. The GDS Committee ignored the recommendation of the 6th CPC which recommended upgradation of pay scales to Postmen from 3050 scale to 3200 scale and for Mail Overseer Postman the 3200 scale was elevated to 4000 scale. Thus the historical prorata comparison maintained by all earlier GDS Committees had been diluted by the Nataraja Murti Committee. Despite the Staff Side representation, the mistake has not been rectified by the Government. The dilution of Pro-rata wages to both GDS SPM/BPM and GDS MD/SV has resulted in a drop in TRCA computation for these two categories. This gross error has to be rectified by the Government.
2. FITMENT FORMULA:
Fitment Formula for regular CG Employees recommended by the 6th Pay Commission was Basic Pay as on 1.1.2006 multiplied by 1.74 and then grant of 40% the maximum of the pay scale as Grade Pay. The 6th CPC ignored the fact that due to merger of DA with Pay w.e.f. 1.4.2004 the Dearness Pay was earning Dearness Allowance. On the demand of the Staff Side, the Government allowed inclusion of the above quantum and implemented the fitment formula as follows: "Basic Pay as on 1.1.2006 multiplied by 1.86 and then grant of Grade Pay @ 40% maximum of pay scale of the employee.
The GDS Committee recommended a fitment formula to GDS Employees viz., the Basic TRCA as on 1.1.2006 multiplied by 1.74 times and then adding 40% of the maximum of the TRCA. The GDS Committee also thus ignored the fact that the GDS were granted 5% additional TRCA w.e.f. 1.4.2004 in lieu of 50% Merger of DA granted to CG Employees. The Staff Side pointed out this omission and ultimately the Government has implemented a fitment formula as follows: " Basic TRCA as on 1.1.2006 + 5% TRCA increase as on 1.4.2004 multiplied by a factor of 1.74 and then adding 40% of the 20th Stage of TRCA [viz., Maximum of TRCA] and fixing at the next higher level in the new TRCA". This inclusion of 5% TRCA in the fitment formula converts the factor into 1.82 which is just 0.04% below the CG Employees.
However, the mistake committed by the Government while calculating the 40% fitment to be allowed, a wrong calculation has been made in the case of GDS Mail Deliverer/ Stamp Vendor under Column 4 and 5 [Page 2]. There is an arithmetic error and instead of Rs.850/- fitment benefit for GDS MD / SV with 3.45 Hrs workload a sum of Rs.750/- has been granted. A sum of 100/- has been miscalculated. Similarly instead of Rs.1056/- fitment benefit to GDS MD / SV for work load above 3.45 Hrs, a sum of Rs.936/- has been granted. A sum of Rs.120/- has been reduced by miscalculation. These arithmetic errors have to be rectified by the Government.
3. OTHER ALLOWANCES:
The Government has ordered implementation of Allowances w.e.f. 9.10.2009 i.e., the date of the order. This should have been from 1.9.2008 as in the case of CG Employees because the date of effect of wage revision in the case of GDS also had been given effect to from 1.1.2006 only as like CG Employees.
4. SERVICE DISCHARGE BENEFITS:
Ex-gratia Gratuity shall not be less than the quantum permissible under Gratuity Act 1972 as ordered by different Court Judgments. The maximum of 60,000 shall be suitably revised upwardly to a maximum of 16 ½ months TRCA + DA to GDS employees on the date of their retirement.
The non-inclusion of Social Security recommended by Nataraja Murti in the Cabinet Memo for approval by the Cabinet is wrong. Nataraja Murti Committee had recommended for a Social Security Scheme wherein the Department of Posts is to deposit a sum of Rs.200/- per month throughout the service of the GDS and then on retirement a monthly payment of social security should be paid. This issue should have been sent for approval along with wage related issues. But this issue has been kept pending for further consideration. The delay caused in this issue would deprive the retiring GDS employees the benefit of Social Security after serving more than 30-40 years. The Social Security should be implemented with immediate effect instead of postponed consideration by the Government.
5. PRODUCTIVITY LINKED BONUS:
The contention of the Government Order that the present calculation of the Ex-grtia bonus by applying the calculation ceiling of Rs.2500 as basic + DA shall continue is based on a wrong concept placed on an unsustainable logic. The records show clearly that all previous bonus ceiling ordered by the Government by way of amendments to Bonus Act have been fully made applicable to GDS also. The departure had been made only from the recent amendment to Bonus Act allowing ceiling limit of 3500/-. The wrong orders issued by Department of Posts have been superseded by an another order but once again a wrong order was issued to supersede the superseded order. No consultation was made even with the MOF on this matter. The Bonus Ceiling for GDS also shall be Rs.3500/- and the dubious method followed to deny the benefit of Bonus Act shall be dropped.
6. TIGHETENING OF TIME FACTOR:
The recommendation of GDS Committee for tightening of time factor of cash counting from the present 1000/- = 1 Point into 20,000 = 1 Point is too harsh and unscientific. In spite of the stiff opposition to this unscientific and irrational norm suggested by the Nataraja Murti Committee, the Government has reportedly gone ahead unilaterally to accept this unjustified recommendation. This tightened time factor has to be given up and a rational norm like at least 5000/- = 1 Point has to be accepted.
7. ESTABLISHMENT RELATED ISSUES:
Once again it is not clear as to what decision the Government has taken with regard to various establishments related matters like relocating the GDS BOs etc recommended by Nataraja Murti Committee. It was pointed out earlier also that on establishment related issues, a deep study and mutual consultations with the Staff Side should be undertaken. The Government should not take any unilateral decision on any of the establishment related recommendations without subjective them to mutual study and scientific analysis.
These are the major issues in our opinion that are to be treated as Anomalies for settlement and effectively projected before the Government by the Postal Joint Council of Action for a settlement. However the GDS Unions in the Postal JCA have to come with their analysis and demands for chalking out a suitable Charter of Demands for placing before the Government for approval. The Postal JCA would meet on 28th October 2009 as already announced in the Office of the NFPE in New Delhi and discuss the GDS Committee implementation and also the pending issues of Postal Regular Employees that are to be taken up for immediate settlement.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
CABINET MINUTES EXPECTED WITHIN A WEEK TO REACH DEPARTMENT OF POSTS - ORDERS ARE EXPECTED TO BE RELEASED AROUND 13.10.2009
ON ISSUE OF ORDERS ONLY ALL ISSUES APPROVED WILL BE KNOWN TO US BUT HOWEVER WE ARE GIVING SOME INFORMATION COLLECTED INFORMALLY BY US -
AS ALREADY INTIMATED, THE WHOLE ISSUE WOULD BE DEEPLY ANALYSED BY THE STAFF SIDE AND ALL COMMISSIONS AND OMISSIONS AND NEGATIVE POINTS WOULD BE TAKEN UP WITH THE GOVERNMENT FOR NECESSARY MODIFICATIONS
ALL ARE REQUESTED TO WAIT TILL RELEASE OF ORDERS AND THEN SEND THEIR COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS TO CHQs.
GDS PAY COMMITTEE & CABINET APPROVAL
It is confirmed that the cabinet has accorded approval of the cabinet note submitted by the department with regard to implementation of GDS committee recommendations.
(i) The Finance Ministry has not conceded any one of the recommendations of the Gopinath committee and treated the Nataraja Murthy Committee as an expert Committee in respect of GDS.
(ii) However, it is reliably learnt that the 'Pay Fixation Formula' suggested by Gopinath Committee for including the 5% TRCA increase granted to GDS in lieu of 50% Merger of DA granted for CG Employees from 01.01.2004 has been approved for pay fixation.
The following, may be the cabinet decision on the issue of GDS committee report because these were the issues on which Cabinet Note was submitted for approval.
1. TRCA to GDS various categories: -
(i) GDS SPM - : Rs.4575-85-7125 (Annual increase Rs.85/-)
(ii) GDS BPM –
Up to 3 hours work (75 points) : Rs.2745-50 (increment)-4245
Up to 3 hours 30 Min(87.5 points) : Rs.3200-60 (increment)-5000
Up to 4 hours (100 points) : Rs.3660-70 (increment)-5760
Up to 5 hours (125 points) : Rs.4575-85 (increment)-7125
(iii) GDS MD/SV
Up to 3 hours work load : Rs.2665-50 (increment)-4165
(For Future appointments only. For
existing GDS, it will be paid for a
minimum of 3 hours. 45 minutes)
Up to 3 hours 45 Minutes : Rs.3330-60 (increment)-5130
3.45 hours to 5 hours : Rs.4220-75 (increment)-6470
(iv) GDS MC/Packer/Mailman
Up to 3 hours work load : Rs.2295-45 (increment)-3695
(only for new recruits) for existing
GDS minimum 3 hours 45 minutes)
Up to 3 hours 45 minutes : Rs.2870-50 (increment)-4370
More than 3.45 minutes to 5 hours : Rs.3635-65 (increment)-5585
2. Fixation of TRCA w.e.f. 01.01.2006
TRCA as on 1.1.2006 + plus
74% DA as on 31.12.2005 + plus
5% TRCA granted in lieu of DA merger as on 01.01.2004 + Plus
the following amount shown inside the box in respect of each cadre separately.
After adding all the above three elements, the pay shall be fixed at a stage in the TRCA next above the amount arrived.
NB: - For C.G. Employees, it was 1.86 times of basic pay as on 01.01.2006. It is stated that the increase for GDS will arrive at 1.827 times as per the above fixation formula.
For GDS SPMs : Rs.1250/-
For BPMs up to 3 hours work : Rs.792/-
For BPMs up to 4 hours work : Rs.960/-
For GDS MD/SV up to 3 hrs. 45 mts. work : Rs.750/-
For GDS MD/SV above 3hrs 45 mts. work : Rs.936/-
For GDS MC/PKR/MM – up to 3 hrs 45 mts work : Rs. 640/-
For GDS MC/PKR/MM – above 3 hrs 45 mts. work : Rs. 808/-
3. Office Maintenance Allowance : Rs.100/- per month
4. F. S. C. to Branch office : Rs.25/- Per month
5. Combined Duty Allowance : Rs.500/- per month
6. Severance Amount : Rs.60000/- Maximum
Rs.1500/- For every completed year of service
6. Gratuity : Rs.60000/-
7. Group Insurance Scheme : Rs.50000/-
(Monthly subscription will be Rs.50/- per month)
8. Allowance for remitting cash : Rs.50/- (for remittance exceeds Rs.30000/-)
(iii) For escorts : Rs.20/- (remittance above Rs.6000/-)
9. Allowance for detention beyond duty : Minimum Rs.6/- per day (maximum Rs.12/-)
10. Retirement age will continue to be 65 instead of 62 suggested by Nataraja Murti Committee.
Further it is learnt that the Finance Minister has rejected the claim of enhancement of Bonus ceiling to GDS to Rs.3500/- and confirmed that it should be Rs,.2500/- only.
The other Features: -
(i) The Department may process the insurance coverage for medical treatment to GDS with the maximum coverage of Rs.30000/- per year.
(ii) No pension scheme was formulated in this approval.
(iii) Now 40% arrears alone will be paid as first instalment out of the total arrears for 45 months. The balance will be paid in the next financial year.
(iv) The Department may cause orders to implement the revised norms recommended by the GDS committee in cash handling (i.e) 1 point for Rs.20000/- which will certainly affect the interest of BPMS. Gopinath Committee's recommendations were not considered on this issue.
(v) The orders on the above are expected in the next week probably after 13.10.09.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
POSTAL JCA DECIDED TO DEFER THE INDEFINITE STRIKE CALL FROM 7.10.2009
UNION CABINET APROVED THE GDS COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS ON 1.10.2009
ORDERS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF POSTS EXPECTED ON RECEIPT OF CABINET MINUTES
IT IS A VICTORY TO THE UNITED EFFORTS OF THE POSTAL JCA - THE STRIKE DECISION BY POSTAL JCA CREATED NECESSARY COMPULSIONS FOR SPEEDY ACCEPTANCE OF THE GDS COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS
NATARAJA MURTI COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS WITH SOME MODIFICATIONS SUGGESTED BY GOPINATH COMMITTEE ARE EXPECTED TO BE THE BASIS OF APPROVAL BY CABINET - ISSUES LIKE SOCIAL SECURITY, DILUTION OF PRO-RATA WAGES ETC WOULD BE TAKEN UP ALONG WITH OTHER LEFT OUT ISSUES
AFTER A THOROUGH ANALYSIS OF THE GOVERNMENT ORDERS ANY LEFT OUT ISSUES OR DISCRIPENCIES WILL BE TAKEN UP WITH THE GOVERNMENT / DEPARTMENT FOR MODIFICATIONS
DETAILED STUDY WOULD BE MADE BY THE POSTAL JCA COMPRISING OF NFPE - FNPO - AIPEDEU - & NUGDS ON 28.10.2009
POSTAL JCA CONGRATULATES THE RANK AND FILE WORKERS FOR THEIR DETERMINATION TO FALL IN LINE WITH THE CALL OF THE JOINT COUNCIL OF ACTION ON THIS OCCASSION OF THEIR VICTORY
Sunday, October 4, 2009
KEEP THE PREPARATIONS FOR STRIKE ON UNTIL POSTAL JCA TAKES ANY DECISION.
OUR DECISION IS CLEAR - IF CABINET APPROVAL NOT AVAILABLE UPTO 7TH THEN STRIKE DECISION STANDS.
POSTAL JCA WILL CONFIRM OUTCOME OF TODAY'S CABINET MEETING ON MONDAY WHEN CABINET MINUTES COMES OUT.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
MEMORANDUM TO BE SUBMITTED TO THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS ON 21.09.2009 BY THE POSTAL EMPLOYEES OF TIRUPUR POSTAL DIVISION.
DECISION OF KURUKSHETRA CWC 2 DAYS WORK SHOP – 04.11.2009 & 05.11.2009 AT THIRUVANANTHAPURAM
As per the decision of the CWC meeting held at Kurukshetra from 14th to 15th July 2009, a Two-day All India study camp cum work shop to impart and interact about the Trade Union history; Policy offensives and our counter strategy; Service rules etc, is being organized. The Kerala Circle Union is hosting this first workshop at Thiruvananthapuram [Kerala] from 04.11.2009 to 05.11.09. The idea is to impart an insight of our trade union history to the new generation leadership; to understand the policy offensives against us and the counter strategy to be adopted by us uniformly by all; to share the knowledge of service rules for equipping all of us in a better manner; and finally to provide an opportunity for interaction between the participants and the all India leadership. The CHQ is confident that all the Circle Unions will make the best use of this opportunity and depute suitable delegates to this All India Study Camp / Work Shop.
The venue of the workshop will be 'EMS Academy Trivandrum'. Hall & Accommodation for 150 Comrades have been booked. The delegates allotted to each Circle are as follows: -
Andhra Pradesh - 10
Assam - 5
Bihar - 5
Chhattisgarh - 5
Delhi - - 5
Gujarat - 10
Haryana - 5
Himachal Pradesh - 5
Jammu & Kashmir - 3
Jharkhand - 5
Karnataka - 10
Kerala - 10
Maharashtra - 10
Madhya Pradesh - 5
North East - 2
Orissa - 10
Punjab - 5
Rajasthan - 5
Tamilnadu - 10
Uttar Pradesh - 10
Uttarakhand - 5
West Bengal - 10
The Circle Secretaries may choose the charming participants who could contribute in the workshop as per the allotment to their circles. The Delegate fee has been fixed as Rs.250/- for two days for comfortable stay & food. The name of the participants may please be sent to 'Com. M. Krishnan, CHQ President, AIPEU Group 'C' P & T House, Thiruvananthapuram (Mobile No. - 09447068125) in advance for making arrangements to receive the delegates and provide accommodation. The copy of the same may please be sent to CHQ at the earliest possible.
Please note that TA/DA shall be borne by the Circle Unions/Divisional Unions only to the participants.
The detailed programme of the workshop will be intimated shortly. All Circle Secretaries are requested to book their up & down tickets reservations immediately to attend the Study Camp / Work Shop and make it a purposeful and unique one.
The CHQ is attempting first of its nature to hold Trade Union & Service rules class with the motive to create more leaderships at base levels who possess all skills to lead the movement further in the days to come. Let all of us make our attempt a successful one.
With fraternal greetings,
(K. V. Sridharan)
Monday, September 28, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
POSTAL JCA HAS FINALISED ITS ALL INDIA STRIKE TOUR
CIRCLE SECRETARIES ARE NOW REQUESTED KINDLY TO ARRANGE FOR STRIKE TOUR MEETINGS IN RESPECTIVE STATE CAPITALS AND REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS BETWEEN 1.10.2009 AND 5.10.2009 BESIDES INSTRUCTING DIVISIONAL SECRETARIES TO ORGANISE ALL PREPARATIONS AT ALL BRANCH LEVEL BY HOLDING MEETINGS - DEMONSTRATIONS - ETC - IN A UNITED MANNER WITH ALL UNIONS / ASSOCIATIONS IN THE POSTAL JCA
NFPE CIRCLE SECRETARIES WILL INFORM THE CHQ OFFICE BEARERS OF NFPE UNIONS AND FNPO CIRCLE SECRETARIES WILL INFORM THE CHQ OFFICE BEARERS OF FNPO UNIONS OVER PHONE NUMBERS PROVIDED BY US ABOUT THE EXACT VENUE AND TIME OF MEETINGS
CIRCLE SECRETARIES WILL TAKE CARE OF RECEIVING THE CHQ LEADERS BY ESTABLISHING CONTACT WITH THE RESPECTIVE LEADERS ALLOTTED TO THEIR CIRCLES
REMEMBER THAT NO APPROVAL BY THE UNION CABINET BEFORE STRIKE DATE THEN ALL OVER INDIA INDEFINITE STRIKE WILL COMMENCE AT 6.00 A.M. ON 7.10.2009 UNDER THE UNITED BANNER OF POSTAL JCA COMPRISING OF NFPE - FNPO - AIPEDEU - NUGDS - THE NEXT CABINET MEETING IS LIKELY ON 1.10.2009 BUT IF THE MEETING NOT CLEARS GDS PAY COMMISSION ISSUE THEN STRIKE WILL BE INEVITABLE AT ANY COST
MAKE ALL OUT PREPARATIONS FOR LAUNCHING OF STRIKE
STRIKE TOUR BY POSTAL JCA – 1.10.2009 to 5.10.2009
TAMILNADU – NFPE
NAME Designation Organisation Telephone
C.Chandrasekhar Secretary NFPE 09944922122
R. Sivanarayana Asst.General Secretary P3 – NFPE 09885404840
S.Jothimani Asst.Gen.Secretary P4 - NFPE 09444478822
M.B.Sukumar Asst.General Secretary R3 – NFPE 09840269167
K.Rajendran Vice President R4 – NFPE 09442207965 R.Aravindan Vice President Admn - NFPE 09444114134
Santhosh Kumar Dy.General Secretary Postal A/C NFPE 09444991236
M.Rajangam Working President AIPEDEU 09442549795
TAMILNADU – FNPO
NAME Designation Organisation Telephone
D.Theagarajan Secretary General FNPO 09444841440
G.P.Muthukrishnan Asst.General Secretary P3 - FNPO 09443302607
K. Gunasekaran Asst.General Secretary P4 FNPO
P.Kothandaraman Asst.General Secretary NUGDS
D.Rajendran Asst.General Secretary R4 – FNPO
NFPE AND OUR CHQ TOOK UP THE ISSUE WITH THE SECRETARY [P] AND POINTED OUT THE INORDINATE DELAY - SECRETARY [P] INTERVENED AND ORDERED IMMEDIATE VALUATION OF LEFT OUT PAPER AND COMPILATION OF RESULTS
CIRCLE UNION CONGRATULATES ALL THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES