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Friday, September 30, 2011

HOUSE RENT ALLOWANCE NOT A RIGHT MERELY A COMPENSATION-HC

The HC has ruled that house rent allowance (HRA) is not a right. A division bench of Justice B P Dharmadhikari and Justice A P Bhangale ruled that a government employee not staying in the quarters despite its availability can be disentitled from claiming the special allowance. The bench was hearing a petition filed by the defence ministry against its employees working in the ordinance factory in Nagpur, who were staying in their own accommodation.

Nagpur has surplus government accommodation and is one of the few cities where a central government employee, who lives in his own house has to submit a "non-availability certificate" before he can ask for HRA. The government claimed that its employees, who are offered accommodation but refuse to occupy the same, would not be entitled to HRA.

"HRA is not a matter of right, it is a compensatory allowance given by an employer towards the rental accommodation expenses when the government is unable to provide suitable accommodation to its employee," said the judges. "The employee, if he resides in his own property, may not be entitled to claim the HRA, because it is paid to central government employees to compensate them partly for the especially higher rents which they have to pay for hired or rented residential accommodation in big cities, but not as a source of profit," they added.

The court quashed an order of the central administrative tribunal asking the government to pay HRA to employees who had were residing in their own houses. "Prima facie in our opinion, the pre-requisite for a non-availability certificate (NAC) as laid down in the office memorandum as operative in Nagpur, when central government accommodation is available in surplus and the government is required to spend huge amounts towards construction and maintenance (of the quarters), it is neither arbitrary nor malafide," said the judges.

Courtesy:TOI



LGO SELECTED CANDIDATES NEED NOT WAIT FOR INDUCTION TRAINING!

Sub: Induction Training to PA LGO Candidate.

D.G. Posts No. 1-19/2010-Trg dated 28.09.2011

It has been ordered vide Postal Directorate vide letter No. 60/11/2011-SPB-I dated 16.-9.2011 that the PA/SA LGO candidates selected through departmental examination will be imparted a brief in-house training of two week, pending regular Institutional Induction Training at Postal Training Centres. It has been further stated that the two week's training shall be finalized by the Heads of the Circles in consultation with the Training Division.

2. In respect of direct recruit PAs/SAs, para (5) of Postal Directorate letter No. 60-9/2010-SPB-I dated 10.11.2010 had stated that" pending their training by chalking out the course as far as posting orders and commence their in-house training by chalking out the course as far as possible based on the PTC syllabus depending on the resources available with them". Accordingly, direct recruit PAs/SAs were imparted in-house training at Circle level before they were deputed to PTCs. It, is therefore, requested that the PA/SA LGO candidates selected through departmental examination may also be imparted in-house training of two weeks similar to the one done in respect of direct recruit PAs/SAs.

Sub: Appointment of officials qualified for Promotion in the LGO Examination in Postal Assistant/Sorting Assistant cadre against the vacancies of the years 2009-2010.

D.G. Post No. 60/11/2011-SPB-I dated 16th September,2011.

I am directed to refer to the Chief Postmaster General, Maharashtra Circle's D.O. letter No. STA/28-4(1)/11-121 dated 09.08.2011and Chief Postmaster General UP Circle's D.O. No. Rectt./M-12/Trg./2010/6 dated 30.05.2011wherein they have suggested that the candidates who are to be promoted on the basis of LGO examination may be allowed to be promoted pending their training.

2. The matter has been examined in the Directorate .In view of the acute shortage of PSs/SAs and likely hood of delay in imparting training to officials to be promoted on the basis of LGO examination, it has been decided by the competent authority that a brief training of two weeks shall be imparted by the Circles to the said officials. The two week's training shall be finalized by the Heads of the Circles in consultation with Deputy Director General (Training). Pending their training, Circles are advised to issue their promotion and posting orders and commence their in-house training by chalking out the course as far as possible based on the PTC syllabus depending on the resources available with the respective Circles. All such officials may be deputed for training as soon as the seats become available in the PTCs. The in house training to be imparted to the candidates by the Circles in no way may be treated as substitute for the formal training to be imparted by PTCs unless it is so vouched by Training Wings/PCTs. Till they are trained by PTCs, they may not be detailed on sensitive seats nor deputed to man the counters. For instance, the Circles may utilize their services in back office under effective supervision and in turn the already trained PAs/SAs may be deputed on the counters.

3. The receipt of the letter may please be acknowledged.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2011

CENTRAL JCA MEETING ON MNOP HELD ON 29.09.2011

Com. M. Krishnan Secretary General NFPE and Com. D. Theagarajan Secretary General FNPO explained the gist of discussion held in the MNOP committee held on 27.09.2011. After detailed discussions the following decisions are taken.

1. Regarding the already implemented Speed Post Hubs the following modifications may be sought for positive decision.

(a) More intra circle hubs should be opened to reduce back routing and delay. Circle Secretaries of R-3 and R-4 Unions (NFPE&FNPO) should give concrete proposals regarding additional hubs required and also for change of jurisdiction from Postal Side to RMS .Report from Circles Secretaries should reach the General Secretaries /Secretary Generals before 5.10.2011.

2. Regarding first class mails hub (L1,L2) the meeting came to the unanimous conclusion that if the L-1,L-2 is implemented the following will be position:

(a) Most of the L-2 office will face closure in the near future due to fall in mail volume.

(b) In major metros/cities all the existing sorting offices and Divisions will be merged and closed.

(c) There will be large scale transfer and displacement of staff affecting their career prospective at large. Large number of Mailman staff and GDS may become surplus in metro/cities.

(d) L-1,L-2 will result in unnecesary back routing and avoidable delay in transmission/delivery of mails.

In view of the above the meeting decided to oppose implementation of L-1 and L-2 .

It is also decided to prepare for another industrial action if the department go ahead with implementation of L-1, L-2 inspite of our opposition. It is decided to approach the Hon`ble Minister for Communications & IT through MPs and appraise him, of the gravity of the situation and request intervention.

In the meantime the Secretary Generals shall prepare a detailed note explaining the above impact of L-1, L-2 for educating the rank and file membership.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

CADRE REVIEW MEETING

CADRE REVIEW MEETING


As scheduled, the meeting on cadre restructuring was held in the Postal Directorate on 28.9.2011 under the Chairmanship of Dr. Salim Haque, DDG (P). Sri Alok Saxena, DDG (Tech), Sri Rajkumar, Director, Staff, Ms Kalpana, Director, Establishment, Sri Subash Chander, Director, SR & Legal, & Sri Surendra kumar, ADG (PCC) were present on behalf of the official side. The Staff side represented by Sri K.V.Sridharan, General Secretary, P3, Sri D.Kishana Rao, General Secretary, P3 FNPO, Sri Giriraj Singh, General Secretary, R3 NFPE, Sri D.Theagarajan, General Secretary,R3 FNPO, Sri Iswar Singh Dabas, General Secretary P4, NFPE and Sri T.N.Rahate, General Secretary,P4, FNPO.

The Chairperson expressed the delay in convening the first sitting and assured that the process shall be completed before 31.10.2011 by having two further continuous sittings. It was categorically mentioned by the official side that the proposals for cadre review shall be based only on functional justification and not merely on the percentage basis. Further, they are not in the opinion to suggest forming many new cadres as it will tantamount against the principle accepted by the Govt after implementing the Sixth Pay Commission.

The staff side presented their proposals in each cadre and also the justification for the need of cadre review. It was decided to redraft the proposals by incorporating the various changes taken place in the recent past. The Staff side assured to submit its revised proposals before 7.10.2011. The views of the Staff side demanded discussions on the draft finalized by the former chairman of the committee on cadre review and place it was well taken note of by the official side.


The Chair person declared that next sitting will be held on 12.10.2011 at 14.30 hrs in the Directorate.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2011

CADRE REVIEW MEETING

As scheduled, the meeting on cadre restructuring was held in the Postal Directorate on 28.9.2011 under the chairmanship of Dr. Salim Haque, DDG (P). Sri Alox Saxena, DDG (Tech), Sri Rajkumar, Director, Staff, Ms Kalpana, Director, Establishment, Sri Subash Chander, Director, SR & Legal, & Sri Surendrakumar, ADG (PCC) were present on behalf of the official side. The Staff side represented by Sri K.V.Sridharan, General Secretary, P3, Sri D.Kishanrao, General Secretary, P3 FNPO, Sri Giriraj Singh, General secretary, R3 NFPE, Sri D.Theagarajan, General Secretary,R3 FNPO, Sri Iswar Singh Dabas, General Secretary P4, NFPE and Sri T.N.Rahate, General Secretary,P4, FNPO.

The Chairperson expressed the delay in convening the first sitting and assured that the process shall be completed before 31.10.2011 by having two further continuous sittings. It was categorically mentioned by the official side that the proposals for cadre review shall be based only on functional justification and not merely on the percentage basis. Further, they are not in the opinion to suggest forming many new cadres as it will tantamount against the principle accepted by the Govt after implementing the Sixth Pay Commission.

The staff side presented their proposals in each cadre and also the justification for the need of cadre review. It was decided to redraft the proposals by incorporating the various changes taken place in the recent past. The Staff side assured to submit its revised proposals before 7.10.2011. The views of the Staff side demanded discussions on the draft finalized by the former chairman of the committee on cadre review and place it was well taken note of by the official side.

The Chair person declared that next sitting will be held on 12.10.2011 at 14.30 hrs in the Directorate.


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2011

SB ORDER NO. 20/2011 - Removal of Maximum limit Balance in SB Accounts- Important Amendments


Maximum Deposit in savings accounts - ceiling removed

SB ORDER NO. 20/2011

No. F.No.113-23/2005-SB
Government of India
Ministry of Communications & IT
Department of Posts
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi-110001,
Dated: 27.09.2011

To All Heads of Circles/Regions Addl. Director General, APS, New Delhi.


Subject:- Removal of ceiling of maximum balance to be retained in a post office savings account- amendment to Rule-4 of the Post Office Savings Account Rules 1981 regarding.

Sir / Madam,

The undersigned is directed to say that issue of removal of ceiling of Rs.1 lac in single savings account and Rs.2 Lac in Joint Savings Account fixed in the year 2000 was under consideration in the Min. of Finance (DEA). This issue was linked to the benefit of exemption in Income Tax on the interest earned in Post Office Savings Account under Section10(15) (i) of Income Tax Act, 1961 by the CBDT and Min. of Finance (DEA). After sustained efforts on the part of this Directorate, Min. of Finance (DEA) has now amended Rule-4 of the Post Office Savings Account Rules 1981 vide G.S.R.681(E) F.No.2/5/2006-NS-II dated 15.9.2011 (copy enclosed). Some major benefits of this amendment are given below:


(i) From 1.10.2011, there will be no limit for retaining balance in single as well as joint savings account.

(ii) A depositor or depositor(s) can deposit any amount into single as well as joint savings account.

(iii) Maturity value of any savings instrument can be credited into savings account of the depositor standing in the same post office irrespective of the balance in the account.

(i) Any cheque either issued by Postmaster or any other authority irrespective of any amount can be credited into post office savings account irrespective of the balance in the account.

(ii) From the Financial year 2011-12, Interest income of Rs.3500/- in the case of single account and Rs.7000/- in case of Joint account will be exempted from Income Tax. (Section 10(15) (i) of Income Tax Act, 1961 amended vide Notification No. 32/2010 {F.No. 173/13/2011-IT A.I}/S.O.1296(E) dated 03.06.2011)

(iii) It is the duty of the depositor(s) to show the interest income earned from Post Office Savings Account(s) beyond the limit prescribed above in the Income Tax return and pay due Income Tax.

1. It is requested that all field units may be directed to give wide publicity to these changes in the shape of Public Notice and printing of leaflets.

2. This issues with the approval of DDG(FS).

Yours faithfully,
(Kawal Jit Singh)
Assistant Director (SB)

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Postal department faces CAT's ire for ignoring order

The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has initiated suo motu contempt of court proceedings against the Directorate of Postal Services (DPS), Madurai, for not complying with its orders. A bench of G Shantappa, judicial member, and R Satapathy, administrative member, took up the matter on Monday. It has been adjourned to Tuesday.

In its last order dated July 25, 2011, the Tribunal had directed authorities to complete disciplinary proceedings against the petitioner J Prema of Dindigul district within two months. Since no compliance report was filed, the CAT said it amounted to willful disobedience of its orders and hence a contempt.

According to her plea, Prema was sub-postmaster at Kodaikanal observatory in November, 2007. She was placed under suspension two days before she was due for retirement in May, 2009.

A bench of K Elango, judicial member and R Satapathy, administrative member, who heard the matter at the time, passed an order in July 2010 directing DPS Madurai and Superintendent of Post Offices, Dindigul, to complete disciplinary proceedings against Prema within six months. The bench also directed respondents to pay her the May, 2009 salary, arrears of the Sixth Pay Commission and GPF within a period of 10 days of receiving the order.

However, the respondents filed an application in February 2011 seeking an extension of six months. Instead, the bench granted them a window of four months in its order in April 2011. Since it could not be completed, another application was filed in June 2011 seeking a further extension of six months. This was made on the ground that they had to approach the President for compliance of directions of the Tribunal.
In its latest order, the Bench observed, "We are of the view that time and again the respondents are asking for extension of time, even though they have been given sufficient time to implement the directions of this Tribunal." The period was hence restricted to only two months with a rider that suo motu contempt would be initiated if orders were not complied with.

According to R Malaichamy, counsel for petitioner, "She was permitted to retire pending disciplinary proceedings but a charge memo has not been issued against her. The respondents have sought for extension of time on many occasions but she is cooperating. We want them to complete the enquiry."

Source;TOI






MNOP COMMITTEE MEETING 27.9.2011

MNOP committee meeting is held today (27.9.2011) in the Dak Bhawan. Mrs. Manjula Prashar Member (Operations) and Chairperson of the committee presided. Mrs. Shanthi Nair, Chief PMG, Tamilnadu Circle, Shri Rishikesh, Director, Mails, Com M.Krishnan, Secretary General, NFPE and Sri D. Theagarajan, Secretary General, FNPO attended the meeting which lasted for 4 ½ hours.

Regarding already implemented speed post hubs, it is decided to call for proposals from Chief PMGs seeking necessary further changes in the system such as opening of more intra circle hubs, change of administrative jurisdiction to RMS etc. The Federations shall also submit their circle wise proposals for improvement of the speed post hub system.

Regarding implementation of first class mail hubs (L1, L2 ) , the official side wanted the Staff side to agree to its implementation. They told that existing sorting work in the L2 offices will not be disturbed. Hence, there will not be much change in the existing set up. Barcoding, track and trace in the L1 offices will improve the efficiency and customer satisfaction.

The Staff side vehemently opposed its implementation as it will result in large scale closure of sorting offices and also dislocation of existing staff in addition to avoidable delay in transmission/ delivery of articles. There was no consensus arrived. The item will again be discussed in the meeting proposed to be held on 10.10.2011.

MOST URGENT

All Circle secretaries of RMS unions are requested to send their proposals regarding the changes required in the existing speed post hub system in their circle ie. Opening of additional intra circle hubs, change of jurisdiction to RMS etc to the respective General Secretaries and also to the Federations before October 5 repeat 5th October 2011.

PL TREAT THIS AS MOST URGENT AND IMPORTANT. Proposals will be finalized in the proposed 10th meeting. Proposals received after 5th October will not be considered.

Monday, September 26, 2011

MEETING NOTICE FOR CADRE RESTRUCTURING COMMITTEE


A meeting of `Cadre Restructuring Committee for Group `C` employees will be held under the Chairmanship of DDG (P) on 28.09.11 at 14 hrs in Meeting Room No. 347-D of Dak Bhawan. All the Members of the Committee are requested to make it convenient to attend.

---sd--
(Subhash Chander)
Director (SR & Legal

Saturday, September 24, 2011

ATTENTION NATIONAL SECRETARIAT MEMBERS OF CONFEDERATION

 

VENUE OF NATIONAL SECRETARIAT MEETING

       DEAR COMRADES! THE VENUE FOR THE 22ND OCTOBER MEETING OF THE NATIONAL SECRETARIAT OF CONFEDERATION AT BANGALORE WILL BE "INCOME TAX OFFICE PREMISES" NEAR BANGALORE GPO, BANGALORE - 560001. ACCOMMODATION FOR THE OFFICE BEARERS OF CONFEDERATION IS BEING ARRANGED BY THE RESPECTIVE STATE UNIT OF THE AFFILIATES.

Friday, September 23, 2011

File No. 26-07/2011-PAP

Government of India

Ministry of Communications & IT

Department of Posts

(Establishment Division)

Dak Bhawan,Sansad Marg,

New Delhi-110 001

Dated 23rd October, 2011

  1. All Chief Postmasters General,
  2. Postmasters General
  3. All General Managers (Finance)
  4. Director/Deputy Directors of Accounts (Postal)

Subject:- Productivity Linked Bonus for the Accounting year 2010-2011

Sir/Madam,

I am directed to convey the approval of the President of India for payment of Productivity Linked Bonus for the accounting year 2010-2011 equivalent of emoluments of 60 (Sixty) days to the employees of Department of Posts in Group `D`,Group `C` and non Gazetted Group `B`. Ex-gratia payment of Bonus to Gramin Dak Sevaks who are regularly appointed after observing all appointment formalities and adhoc payment of Bonus to Casual labourers who have been conferred Temporary Status are also to be paid equivalent to allowance/wages respectively for 60 (sixty) Days for the same period.

1.1 The calculation for the purpose of payment of Bonus under each category will be done as indicated below.

2. REGULAR EMPLOYEES:

2.1 Bonus will be calculated on the basis of the following formula:-

Average emoluments X Number of days of Bonus

30.4 (Average no. of days in a month)

The term “Emoluments” for regular Employees include basic Pay in the pay Band plus Grade Pay, Dearness Pay, Personal Pay, Special Pay (Allowance), S.B.Allowance, Deputation (Duty ) Allowance, Dearness Allowance and Training Allowance given to Faculty Members in Training Institutes. In case of drawl of salary exceeding Rs.3500/- (Rs. Three Thousand Five hundred only) in any month during the accounting year 2009-10 the Emoluments shall be restricted to Rs.3500/- (Rs. Three Thousand Five hundred only) per month only.

“ Average Emoluments” for regular Employees is arrived at by dividing by twelve ,the total salary drawn during the year 2010-11 for the period from 1.4.2010 to 31.3.2011, by restricting each month’s salary to Rs.3500/- (Rs. Three Thousand Five hundred only) per month. However, for the periods of EOL and dies-non in a given month ,proportionate deduction is required to be made from the ceiling limit of Rs.3500/- (Rs. Three Thousand Five hundred only)

In case of those regular employees who were under suspension, or on whom dies-non was imposed ,or both, during the accounting year, the clarificatory order issued vide Paras 1 & 3 respectively of this office order No. 26-8/80-PAP (Pt-I) dated 11.6.81 and No. 26-4/87-PAP (Pt.II) dated 8.2.88 will apply.

Those employees who resigned, retired, left service or proceeded on deputation within the Department of Posts or those who have proceeded on deputation outside the Department of Posts on or after 1.4.2010 will also be entitled to Bonus. In case of all such employees, the Bonus admissible will be as per provisions of Para 2.1 to 2.3 above.

3. GRAMIN DAK SEVAKS (GDS)

3.1 In respect of Gramin Dak Sevaks who were on duty through out the year during 2010-2011, Average monthly Time Related Continuity Allowance will be calculated taking into account the Time Related Continuity Allowance (TRCA) plus corresponding Dearness Allowance drawn by them for the period from 1.4.2010 to 31.3.2011 divided by 12 (Twelve). However, where the Time Related Continuity Allowance exceeds Rs 2500/- (Rs.Two Thousand Five hundred only) in any month during this period., the allowances will be restricted to Rs 2500/- (Rs.Two Thousand Five hundred only) per month. Ex-gratia payment of Bonus may be calculated by applying the Bonus formula as mentioned below:-

Average TRCA X Number of days of Bonus

30.4 (Average no. of days in a month)

a. The allowances drawn by a substitute will not be counted towards Bonus calculation for either the substitute or the incumbent Gramin Dak Sevaks. In respect of those Gramin Dak Sevaks who were appointed in short term vacancies in Postman/Group `D` Cadre, the clarificatory orders issued vide Directorate letter No. 26-6/89-PAP dated 6.2.1990 and No. 26-7/90-PAP dated 4.7.91 will apply.

b. If a Gramin Dak Sevak has been on duty for a part or the year by way of a fresh appointment, or for having been put off duty, or for having left service,he will be paid proportionate ex-gratia Bonus calculated by applying the procedure prescribed in Para 3.1

c. Those Gramin Dak Sevaks who have resigned, discharged or left service on or after 1.4.2010 will also be entitled to proportionate ex-gratia Bonus. In case of all such Gramin Dak Sevaks, the Ex-gratia Bonus admissible will be as per provisions of Para 3.1 above.

d. In case of those Gramin Dak Sevaks who were under put off duty or on whom dies non was imposed, or both during the accounting year ,the clarificatory orders issued vide Para 1 & 3 respectively of this office order No. 26-8/80-PAP (Pt I) dated 11.6.81 and No. 26-4/87-PAP (Pt II) will apply.

4. FULL TIME CASUAL LABOURERS INCLUDING TEMPORARY STATUS CASUAL LABOURERS)

a. Full Time Casual Labourers (including Temporary Status Casual Labourers ) who worked for 8 hours a day, for at least 240 days in a year for three consecutive years or more (206 days in each year for three years or more in case of offices observing 5 days a week) as on 31.3.2011 will be paid ad-hoc Bonus on notional monthly wages of Rs.1200/- (Rupees Twelve Hundred only)

The maximum ad-0hoc Bonus will be calculated as below:-

(Notional monthly wages of Rs.1200) X (Number of days of Bonus)

30.4 (average no. of days in a month)

Accordingly , the rate of Bonus per day will work out as indicated below:_

Maximum ad-hoc Bonus for the year

365

The above rate of Bonus per day may be applied to the number of days for which the services of such casual labourers had been utilized during the period from 1.4.2010 to 31.3.2011. In case where the actual wages in any month fall below during the period 1.4.2010 to 31.3.2011 the actual monthly wages drawn should be taken into account to arrive at the actual ad-hoc Bonus due in such cases.

5. The amount of Bonus /Ex gratia payment /Adhoc Bonus payable under this order will be rounded to the nearest rupee. The payment of Productivity Linked Bonus as well as the ex-gratia payment and ad-hoc payment will be chargeable to the Head `Salaries` under the relevant Sub –Head of account to which the pay and allowances of the staff are debited. The payment will be met from the sanctioned grant for the year 2011-2012.

6. After payment, the total expenditure incurred and the number of employees paid may be ascertained from all units by Circle and consolidated figures be intimated to the Budget Section of the Department of Posts. The Budget Section will furnish consolidated information to PAP Section about the total amount of Bonus paid and the total number of employees (category-wise) to whom it was distributed for the Department as a whole.

7. This issue with the concurrence of Integrated Finance Wing vide their diary No. 104/FA/10/CS dated 23-9-2011.

8. Receipt of this letter may be acknowledged

The Orders for payment of PLB for Postal Employees have been issued

The Orders for payment of PLB for Postal Employees have been issued.

The Orders for payment of PLB for Postal Employees have been issued today evening. It will be 60 Days. The maximum ceiling will be Rs.3500/- for Regular Employees; Rs.2500/- for GDS; and Rs.1200/- for Casual including Temporary Status Casual Labourers.


AMENDMENT OF THE RECRUITMENT RULES FOR THE POSTS OF SPORTS COACHES AND SPORTS INSPECTORS IN THE DEPARTMENT OF POSTS (GAZETTE NOTIFICATION)







Thursday, September 22, 2011


DOPT ISSUED ORDERS FOR 25% INCREASE OF FESTIVAL ADVANCE, BY-CYCLE ADVANCE, NATURAL CALAMITY ADVANCE AND WARM CLOTHING ADVANCE. NO FURTHER ORDERS ARE NECESSARY WHENEVER THE DA PAYABLE ON THE REVISED PAY STRUCTURE GOES UP BY 50 %.{ CLICK HERE FOR DOPT ORDER}

Monday, September 19, 2011


REVISION OF SPECIAL ALLOWANCE AND CASH HANDLING ALLOWANCE AS A RESULT OF ENHANCEMENT OF DEARNESS ALLOWANCE W.E.F. 1.1.2011

F. No. 4/6/2008-Estt.(Pay II)

Government of India

Ministry of Personnel, P.G. & Pension

Department of Pension & Pensioner's Welfare

Dated 13th Sep, 2011

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Revision of Special Allowance and Cash Handling Allowance as a result of enhancement of Dearness Allowance w.e.f. 1.1.2011

This Department has been receiving references regarding revision of Special Allowance and Cash Handling Allowance subsequent to increase in the rate of DA @ 51% w.e.f. 1.1.2011.

2. This Department's O.M.No.4/6/2008-Estt.(Pay II) dated 1st October,2008 states that the rates of Special Allowance and Cash Handling Allowance will be automatically increased by 25% every time the Dearness Allowance payable on revised pay scales goes up by 50%.

3. All Ministries /Deptts. are, therefore, advised to take necessary action accordingly.

Sd/-

{Mukesh Chaturvedi}

Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of India


24th ALL INDIA CONFERENCE OF P-4 UNION

POSTPONED 24th ALL INDIA CONFERENCE OF P-4 UNION WILL BE HELD AT RITURAJ MANGLIK BHAWAN, INDORE (M.P.) ON 8th & 9th NOVEMBER, 2011. DUE NOTICE UNDER ISSUE. CWC WILL BE HELD ON 7th NOVEMBER, 2011. ALL DELEGATES /VISITORS ARE REQUESTED TO BOOK THEIR TO & FRO TICKETS.




FEDERAL SECRETARIAT OF NFPE WILL BE HELD ON 28THSEPTEMBER, 2011 (WEDNESDAY) AT 4 P.M. AT NFPE OFFICE, NEW DELHI. ALL GENERAL SECRETARIES AND AVAILABLE OFFICE BEARERS ARE REQUESTED TO ATTEND THE MEETING IN TIME.


COMMITTEE CONSTITUTED TO EXAMINE VARIOUS ALLOWANCE


NATIONAL SECRETARIAT MEETING OF

CONFEDERATION AT BANGALORE

NATIONAL SECRETARIAT OF CONFEDERATION MEETS

AT BANGALORE ON 22.10.2011

Dear Comrades!

The next National Secretariat Meeting of Confederation will be held at Bangalore City on 22.10.2011. Karnataka State Committee is making all efforts for the successful holding of the Secretariat. Exact venue and full agenda of the meeting will be circulated shortly. However Members of the National Secretariat are requested to make necessary journey reservations.

Best Regards
S.K.Vyas
President



Strike Demands Current Position

1)Cadre Review Committee: - The first sitting of cadre review committee will be held on 29.9.2011 at Directorate. We are updating our proposal and suggestions if any can be sent before 29.09.2011

2) Filling up of vacancies for 2011: - When the Directorate called for vacancy position, it is alarmingly felt that still there are many vacancies for the earlier years left unfilled up. The Directorate sought for information from all circles to furnish all the current & previous unfilled vacancies in all cadres and also to mention the oldest vacancy still unfilled up - On receipt of particulars, process similar to last recruitment will be conducted at Directorate before December 2011 to fill up all the remaining vacancies.

All our Branch/Divisional Secretaries are requested to verify the establishment sanction actual staff strength available and calculate the actual vacancies of their divisions and to intimate the same to circle union immediately so that the circle union can pursue at circle level ensuring that no post is left unfilled up.Unless Branch/Divisional Secretaries act vigilantly, nothing is probable to come out from the issue of shortage of staff.

3) HSG I Recruitment Rules: - UPSC has not approved yet the HSG-I Recruitment Rules. It raised objections that the number of Posts in feeder cadre HSG-II and HSG-I is similar and to reduce the number of HSG I posts to the ratio of at least 2:1. The Department replied about the justification and functional requirements. It is expected that the recruitment rules will be released from UPSC within a fortnight or maximum a month.

In the revised HSG-I Recruitment Rules, all HSG-I posts including the posts which are now reserved for IPO line are being brought under general line. DOPT informed that after the approval of the Recruitment Rules for HSG-I, the conditions of minimum service in HSG II( 5 years) will be relaxed as before considering the requirements of the department.

4) Filling up of Postmaster Grade III Posts: - According to the scheme, Postmaster Grade-III posts will be carved out only when the posts are filled up. As such, technically there is no Postmaster Grade III post in existence. After the finalization of HSG I Recruitment Rules and offered regular promotion to the present adhoc HSG I official and others, option will be called for among them whether they will opt for Postmaster Grade III. The posts will be filled up at first with the HSG-I officials opted for the cadre and the remaining Postmaster Grade III posts will be declared for promotion under the channel of Postmaster's cadre. After the creation of Grade III, the Department assured to consider the one time relaxation to fill up all the unfilled up Grade II & Grade III posts by relaxing the minimum service conditions required.

5) Filling up of Postmaster Grade I unfilled up posts: - We placed a demand to consider the remaining candidates in the selection list of Postmaster Grade I exam for filling up the vacancies caused due to declination by some candidates after declaring the results. This was agreed. All circles will be addressed soon to ascertain the number of officials declined. We are expecting orders shortly.

6) Gradation List: - This is one of the major problems prevailing in all circles. All circles have been addressed to compile Gradation list of all cadres at once. All divisional Secretaries should follow up the same since this is most important document now to determine the promotional aspects of the employees.

7) Tenure posting in Single handed offices: - Despite strong objection from vigilance section of the Directorate, as assured during discussions on the strike charters, the Department is issuing orders for reposting officials to sub offices if the officials have not come out with any cases in preceding 10 years. Orders are expected to be released shortly.

8) Allowing P. H. candidates to IPO Exam: -The Department has formalized the reservation for promotion in I.P cadre for P. H. candidates and forwarded the file to Ministry of social Welfare for formal approval. This will definitely become a boost to the physically challenged Postal Assistants.

9) Doubling the Treasury Allowance: - A specific clarification about Treasury Allowance to Treasurer is under issue.

10) Problems of Casual Labourers: - An internal committee headed by the Chief PMG, Assam has been constituted to study the problems of casual labourers like regularization, alternate method of appointments for subsequent requirements, Pay related issues as per the Sixth CPC etc. The first preliminary sitting is expected to be held at Kolkata on 19.09.2011. DDG (P) & DDG (Establishment) are the other members. DDG (PCC) will be the member (Secretary). In respect of application of Sixth CPC wages to casual labourers, it is being delayed due to non receipt of information from five circles. They have been reminded by the Directorate.

11) Internal Committee to review Allowances: - Another committee has been constituted to review the allowances available in the Department under the chairmanship of Sri. Santosh Gauriar, Chief PMG, M. P. Circle, Sri. V. P. Singh, DDG Establishment, Sri. B. Selvakumar PMG Agra, Sri. D. Manoj, G.M. Finance Maharashtra Circle will be the members. Sri. S. V. Rao ADG (Establishment) will functions as ADG (Member Secretary)

1) The allowances, which are to be examined by the Committee, are as under:

(a) Grant of Special Allowance to all Group 'A' & Group 'B' officers working in Circle offices and Regional offices irrespective of their designation.

(b) Grant of Travelling Allowance and Daily Allowance to Mail overseers instead of Nigh Halt Allowance.

(c) Revival of Cash Handling Allowance to Postmen.

(d) Removal of distance criteria for grant of Cycle Maintenance Allowance (CMA) to Postmen.

(e) Revision of Cash Allowance to SPMs in the absence of Treasurers.

(f) Upward revision of Conveyance Allowance to PRIs (P)

(g) Grant of Road Mileage Allowance to staff entrusted with the work of clearance of cheques.

(h) Grant of Fixed Conveyance Allowance to Marketing Executives.

(i) Enhancement of Split Duty Allowance.

(j) Grant of Special Allowance to unqualified accounts irrespective of financial up gradation granted under TBOP/BCR/MACP

(k) Special Allowance to PO & RMS accountants on grant of financial up gradation under MACPs.

(l) Grant of Treasury Allowance to those officials who are given financial up gradation under MACP

2) The terms of reference of the Committee will be to examine and give specific recommendation on each allowance indicated above with a view that:

i) Any upward revision is required in the current scenario in the allowances.

ii) Whether the already discontinued allowances or allowances not being paid to specific cadre are needed to be restored or allowed.

3) The Committee will submit its Report within Three months.

Our CHQ is sending a proposals to the said committee on all issues and also to restore charge allowance to Postmasters as existed prior to introduction of TBOP and also to restore MPCM allowance to counter Assistants. Our letter will be published in the Bhartiya Post.

12) Departmental Council (JCM): - it was intimated to hold the Departmental Council (JCM) in the month of October 2011. The last date for submission of subjects has been fixed as 28.09.2011. If any specific issue is to be taken up, the Divisional/Branch/Circle secretaries are at liberty to e-mail the issues before 25.09.2011 to CHQ.

13) Dropping of Confirmation exam: - It is under process. Orders will be expedited.

14) Revised Recruitment rules for Postal Assistants: - As per the RR 2002, there are 49 categories eligible to appear the LGO exam and most of the categories are not in existence. Hence the process of eliminating such categories is under progress. Thereafter it will be finalized by including the agreed demands of thrown open the unfilled vacancies of LGO to GDS without any mark condition. The deletion of confirmation examination is included in the revised R. R.

15) Permission to opt for General line from Accounts line: - We demanded that the options obtained at the time of TBOP become obsolete and the option exercised only at the time of regular promotion to LSG accounts shall be taken into account. This has been accepted by the Department and orders issued.

16) Training Allowance to WCTU instructors: - Proposals for creation of regular trainers will be taken up. Revision of training allowance to instructors is training centre & introduction of training allowance to regular trainers appointed in WCTU is under consideration.

17) Revision of honorarium for Departmental Exam: - The file is under process. The allowance, as it is told, will be doubled.

18) Counting of past services to RTP: - The CHQ has written one more letter department to implement the decision of Mumbai CAT decision to all the similarly situated persons. This will be discussed further with the Secretary in the ensuing Department Council Meeting.

19) Counting of Special Allowance for pay fixation - Case of PO & RMS Accountants: - We are demanding for implementation of Karnataka High court judgment and not to file SLP. This is being pursued.

20) Irregular attachment of unoccupied staff quarters as post attached quarters: - Today the relevant rulings of 1929 & others were towed handed. It is assured to cause necessary orders at the earliest.

21) Training to Postmaster Grade I: - All Training Centres have been instructed to finalise the Grade I training before 15.1.2012. The Training Centre have accordingly allotted seats to the circles.

CCS (LEAVE) (FOURTH AMENDMENT) RULES, 2011(Click here for details)

CCS (LEAVE) (THIRD AMENDMENT) RULES, 2011.

24th ALL INDIA CONFERENCE OF P-4 UNION

POSTPONED 24th ALL INDIA CONFERENCE OF P-4 UNION WILL BE HELD AT RITURAJ MANGLIK BHAWAN, INDORE (M.P.) ON 8th & 9th NOVEMBER, 2011. DUE NOTICE UNDER ISSUE. CWC WILL BE HELD ON 7th NOVEMBER, 2011. ALL DELEGATES /VISITORS ARE REQUESTED TO BOOK THEIR TO & FRO TICKETS.




FEDERAL SECRETARIAT OF NFPE WILL BE HELD ON 28THSEPTEMBER, 2011 (WEDNESDAY) AT 4 P.M. AT NFPE OFFICE, NEW DELHI. ALL GENERAL SECRETARIES AND AVAILABLE OFFICE BEARERS ARE REQUESTED TO ATTEND THE MEETING IN TIME.


COMMITTEE CONSTITUTED TO EXAMINE VARIOUS ALLOWANCE


NATIONAL SECRETARIAT MEETING OF

CONFEDERATION AT BANGALORE

NATIONAL SECRETARIAT OF CONFEDERATION MEETS

AT BANGALORE ON 22.10.2011

Dear Comrades!

The next National Secretariat Meeting of Confederation will be held at Bangalore City on 22.10.2011. Karnataka State Committee is making all efforts for the successful holding of the Secretariat. Exact venue and full agenda of the meeting will be circulated shortly. However Members of the National Secretariat are requested to make necessary journey reservations.

Best Regards
S.K.Vyas
President



Strike Demands Current Position

1)Cadre Review Committee: - The first sitting of cadre review committee will be held on 29.9.2011 at Directorate. We are updating our proposal and suggestions if any can be sent before 29.09.2011

2) Filling up of vacancies for 2011: - When the Directorate called for vacancy position, it is alarmingly felt that still there are many vacancies for the earlier years left unfilled up. The Directorate sought for information from all circles to furnish all the current & previous unfilled vacancies in all cadres and also to mention the oldest vacancy still unfilled up - On receipt of particulars, process similar to last recruitment will be conducted at Directorate before December 2011 to fill up all the remaining vacancies.

All our Branch/Divisional Secretaries are requested to verify the establishment sanction actual staff strength available and calculate the actual vacancies of their divisions and to intimate the same to circle union immediately so that the circle union can pursue at circle level ensuring that no post is left unfilled up.Unless Branch/Divisional Secretaries act vigilantly, nothing is probable to come out from the issue of shortage of staff.

3) HSG I Recruitment Rules: - UPSC has not approved yet the HSG-I Recruitment Rules. It raised objections that the number of Posts in feeder cadre HSG-II and HSG-I is similar and to reduce the number of HSG I posts to the ratio of at least 2:1. The Department replied about the justification and functional requirements. It is expected that the recruitment rules will be released from UPSC within a fortnight or maximum a month.

In the revised HSG-I Recruitment Rules, all HSG-I posts including the posts which are now reserved for IPO line are being brought under general line. DOPT informed that after the approval of the Recruitment Rules for HSG-I, the conditions of minimum service in HSG II( 5 years) will be relaxed as before considering the requirements of the department.

4) Filling up of Postmaster Grade III Posts: - According to the scheme, Postmaster Grade-III posts will be carved out only when the posts are filled up. As such, technically there is no Postmaster Grade III post in existence. After the finalization of HSG I Recruitment Rules and offered regular promotion to the present adhoc HSG I official and others, option will be called for among them whether they will opt for Postmaster Grade III. The posts will be filled up at first with the HSG-I officials opted for the cadre and the remaining Postmaster Grade III posts will be declared for promotion under the channel of Postmaster's cadre. After the creation of Grade III, the Department assured to consider the one time relaxation to fill up all the unfilled up Grade II & Grade III posts by relaxing the minimum service conditions required.

5) Filling up of Postmaster Grade I unfilled up posts: - We placed a demand to consider the remaining candidates in the selection list of Postmaster Grade I exam for filling up the vacancies caused due to declination by some candidates after declaring the results. This was agreed. All circles will be addressed soon to ascertain the number of officials declined. We are expecting orders shortly.

6) Gradation List: - This is one of the major problems prevailing in all circles. All circles have been addressed to compile Gradation list of all cadres at once. All divisional Secretaries should follow up the same since this is most important document now to determine the promotional aspects of the employees.

7) Tenure posting in Single handed offices: - Despite strong objection from vigilance section of the Directorate, as assured during discussions on the strike charters, the Department is issuing orders for reposting officials to sub offices if the officials have not come out with any cases in preceding 10 years. Orders are expected to be released shortly.

8) Allowing P. H. candidates to IPO Exam: -The Department has formalized the reservation for promotion in I.P cadre for P. H. candidates and forwarded the file to Ministry of social Welfare for formal approval. This will definitely become a boost to the physically challenged Postal Assistants.

9) Doubling the Treasury Allowance: - A specific clarification about Treasury Allowance to Treasurer is under issue.

10) Problems of Casual Labourers: - An internal committee headed by the Chief PMG, Assam has been constituted to study the problems of casual labourers like regularization, alternate method of appointments for subsequent requirements, Pay related issues as per the Sixth CPC etc. The first preliminary sitting is expected to be held at Kolkata on 19.09.2011. DDG (P) & DDG (Establishment) are the other members. DDG (PCC) will be the member (Secretary). In respect of application of Sixth CPC wages to casual labourers, it is being delayed due to non receipt of information from five circles. They have been reminded by the Directorate.

11) Internal Committee to review Allowances: - Another committee has been constituted to review the allowances available in the Department under the chairmanship of Sri. Santosh Gauriar, Chief PMG, M. P. Circle, Sri. V. P. Singh, DDG Establishment, Sri. B. Selvakumar PMG Agra, Sri. D. Manoj, G.M. Finance Maharashtra Circle will be the members. Sri. S. V. Rao ADG (Establishment) will functions as ADG (Member Secretary)

1) The allowances, which are to be examined by the Committee, are as under:

(a) Grant of Special Allowance to all Group 'A' & Group 'B' officers working in Circle offices and Regional offices irrespective of their designation.

(b) Grant of Travelling Allowance and Daily Allowance to Mail overseers instead of Nigh Halt Allowance.

(c) Revival of Cash Handling Allowance to Postmen.

(d) Removal of distance criteria for grant of Cycle Maintenance Allowance (CMA) to Postmen.

(e) Revision of Cash Allowance to SPMs in the absence of Treasurers.

(f) Upward revision of Conveyance Allowance to PRIs (P)

(g) Grant of Road Mileage Allowance to staff entrusted with the work of clearance of cheques.

(h) Grant of Fixed Conveyance Allowance to Marketing Executives.

(i) Enhancement of Split Duty Allowance.

(j) Grant of Special Allowance to unqualified accounts irrespective of financial up gradation granted under TBOP/BCR/MACP

(k) Special Allowance to PO & RMS accountants on grant of financial up gradation under MACPs.

(l) Grant of Treasury Allowance to those officials who are given financial up gradation under MACP

2) The terms of reference of the Committee will be to examine and give specific recommendation on each allowance indicated above with a view that:

i) Any upward revision is required in the current scenario in the allowances.

ii) Whether the already discontinued allowances or allowances not being paid to specific cadre are needed to be restored or allowed.

3) The Committee will submit its Report within Three months.

Our CHQ is sending a proposals to the said committee on all issues and also to restore charge allowance to Postmasters as existed prior to introduction of TBOP and also to restore MPCM allowance to counter Assistants. Our letter will be published in the Bhartiya Post.

12) Departmental Council (JCM): - it was intimated to hold the Departmental Council (JCM) in the month of October 2011. The last date for submission of subjects has been fixed as 28.09.2011. If any specific issue is to be taken up, the Divisional/Branch/Circle secretaries are at liberty to e-mail the issues before 25.09.2011 to CHQ.

13) Dropping of Confirmation exam: - It is under process. Orders will be expedited.

14) Revised Recruitment rules for Postal Assistants: - As per the RR 2002, there are 49 categories eligible to appear the LGO exam and most of the categories are not in existence. Hence the process of eliminating such categories is under progress. Thereafter it will be finalized by including the agreed demands of thrown open the unfilled vacancies of LGO to GDS without any mark condition. The deletion of confirmation examination is included in the revised R. R.

15) Permission to opt for General line from Accounts line: - We demanded that the options obtained at the time of TBOP become obsolete and the option exercised only at the time of regular promotion to LSG accounts shall be taken into account. This has been accepted by the Department and orders issued.

16) Training Allowance to WCTU instructors: - Proposals for creation of regular trainers will be taken up. Revision of training allowance to instructors is training centre & introduction of training allowance to regular trainers appointed in WCTU is under consideration.

17) Revision of honorarium for Departmental Exam: - The file is under process. The allowance, as it is told, will be doubled.

18) Counting of past services to RTP: - The CHQ has written one more letter department to implement the decision of Mumbai CAT decision to all the similarly situated persons. This will be discussed further with the Secretary in the ensuing Department Council Meeting.

19) Counting of Special Allowance for pay fixation - Case of PO & RMS Accountants: - We are demanding for implementation of Karnataka High court judgment and not to file SLP. This is being pursued.

20) Irregular attachment of unoccupied staff quarters as post attached quarters: - Today the relevant rulings of 1929 & others were towed handed. It is assured to cause necessary orders at the earliest.

21) Training to Postmaster Grade I: - All Training Centres have been instructed to finalise the Grade I training before 15.1.2012. The Training Centre have accordingly allotted seats to the circles.

CCS (LEAVE) (FOURTH AMENDMENT) RULES, 2011(Click here for details)

CCS (LEAVE) (THIRD AMENDMENT) RULES, 2011.